Unusual sleep experiencesHypnagogia sleep paralysis cataplexy narcolepsy parasomnias labile sleep-wake cycle orexin hypocretin Fragmented sleep rem sleep
Posted 16 October 2016 - 04:28 PM
Sleep disturbance is the crux of many mental illnesses. I remember having correspondence with a researcher who was dissecting brains of suicide victims and found a common link, their suprachiasmatic nucleus was abnormal, meaning their circadian rhythm was out of whack. Mine has been that way for 10 years, insomnia is my closest associate. I find there's no use fighting it though.
Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:32 PM
Sleep is definitely key for me. I have only repersonalized 3 times in 6 years. Each time, I woke up in the morning and was back - then I went to sleep and the next day I was gone again. Something is happening (or not happening) for me at night. I think for me it has something to do with lymph fluid not draining out of my head, because I have only repersonalized when waking up on the first day of my period (as in my period started at night when I was asleep). I think the bleeding boosted my circulation and helped to move out stagnant lymph fluid, as well as extra hormones and toxins... I also felt like something was draining out of the back of my head one time when I was repersonalized. If this is the issue then I guess the root is congested liver, idk.
Edit: The brain's lymph system is called the "glymphatic" system, and apparently it's only active when you're asleep. Hmmm...
Posted 29 November 2017 - 09:08 AM
My DR is greatly influenced by sleep/time of day in the following ways:
1. If I don’t sleep enough (8 hours) multiple nights in a row, all of my symptoms worsen and I even get new ones like perceptual distortion and brain fog.
2. I start the day with an initial phase of bad DR, weird proprioception/difficulty coordinating movement very precisely. In about half an hour things get better for a few hours. In the morning I am usually at my peak cognitive abilities. Everything I have gets significantly worse as the day goes by, though. In the evening, at about 8pm I’m fucking worthless, I can’t even understand what I read without making an effort. The magnitude of this effect depends on how much I exert myself that day.
3. I have strange hypnagogic states, but not unusual hypnopompia. I have hypnagogic hallucinations. Sometimes I dream while only half asleep. Hypnagogia was precipitated by the same event (taking atomoxetine) that started my DR.
Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:42 AM
Since improving my dp and reducing severe emotional blunting, episodes of cataplexy have greatly increased and can no longer be ignored and put down as just another trauma response, it's an indication of a hypocretin/ orexin deficiency associated with narcolepsy. I'll not bore anyone with the details unless asked. The links provide above (excluding the exploding head syndrome one), go into enough details.
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