I've called this thread My Insomnia because there are likely many insomnia threads.
I have had Restless Legs Syndrome for about 40 years, it is 24/7 and at present is sort of under control with my current medication regime.
Along with RLS comes insomnia, a particular type of insomnia, it is not being kept awake by RLS symptoms. Often they are under control, it is a state of being weary and tired but not sleepy.
So, I sleep on average a fractured 4 to 5 hours each night. Rarely more than 2 hours at any given time. Sleeping tablets don't work, I've tried them all. Even so, my GP has prescribed me one to take on alternate nights while waiting to see a neurologist.
An example of them not working..... I took one last night and yet only got to sleep this morning at 7am. When awake I am alert and can't just lie in bed so I'm up and about, reading and eating. It's a very long night.
I've suggested to my GP that I see a sleep specialist but she feels that it should be a neurologist (prob because of the RLS). it's a 3 year NHS waiting list and I've therefore arranged a private initial consultation which still has a 3 month waiting list.
There was an event that brought my non sleeping to the fore even though I've been asking for help for years.
I always work on Election Day. Up at 4 and at the Voting Centre polling stations for 6 to get it ready for the doors opening at 7am. I'd had 4 hours sleep, no worries, this was usual for me. I'd worked full time like this.
Doors opened and voting for under way. At 7.20am I was aware of reaching Passport ID back to a voter and trying to enter a reference number into a column. I couldn't do it, just couldn't get the digits in order. I turned to my colleague working the desk/station with me and said....I think there's something wrong. I looked at the clock and could remember nothing since arriving at 6am. She agreed, sorted out the Voter and called the Senior Officer. I arrived home within ten minutes ...foolishly driving home. Electoral staff offered to get me home or to ring my dh but I knew he had two dgc with him.
Home in tears, My ddil arrived within minutes, she is a senior nurse and checked me out finding no signs of anything neurological. At 8.30am I rang my medical practice and through my tears was given an appointment for 10am. My GP was wonderful and was with me for an hour. Her reckoning is that it was a culmination of exhaustion and fatigue.... The perfect storm.
The treatment at present...as previously mentioned... Is a sleeping pill (not working) and see a neurologist ( in due course).
The missing 90 minutes worries me. And I'd like to come across the working colleague to find out what I was doing during that time, was I behaving differently.
I'm sorry this is so long but I wanted to provide as much detail as might be helpful.
Had anyway else had the like of this happen?
Any missing time, was it a sleep issue.
Anyone else find a cause.
Could it be simply a memory issue because of exhaustion?
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