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Re: sleep loss

Posted by jwill on May 26, 1999, at 15:21:26

In reply to sleep loss, posted by lucas wareham on May 26, 1999, at 2:02:28

I've occaisionally suffered from insomnia in the past, but most often, my depression, and prozac and other medications lead me to oversleep/hypersomnia. What you describe is difficult to figure because it sounds like you do sleep regularly, for six hours, and so, perhaps it's not insomnia, but, rather, something akin to what I suffered from for years before antidepressants. To me, it seemed to be all about sleep cycles. Studies have shown that humans have an internal clock which makes a day (sleep/wake cycle) about 26 hours on average - longer than an actual day. Theories as to why abound, but to me, the interesting thought is that, given the average is 26 hrs., mustn't it vary, and be quite possible that many people have a longer, say 28, 30 or more hour internal day cycle clock. I don't know, but I felt I did. I'm interested to know if you feel that anxiety prevents sleep, or if it is just that you are not tired. Please clarify. Hope you find a solution.




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