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Old 12-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #1
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Sleep State Misperception, AKA Pseudoinsomnia

I've sometimes wondered if what I thought was insomnia was periods of very light sleep between deeper sleep, but seemed to be a continuous stretch of being awake. Scientists have also wondered.

From a Gizmodo piece on a study published last year in New Scientist:

When they used conventional methods of analyzing the brain wave patterns of sleepers, it appeared that these pseudoinsomniacs were no different than any other sleeper. But then they tried something new. ...
And that's when they began to see a pattern a pattern that suggested these peoples' sleep cycles were being interrupted by brain wave patterns associated with fear, anxiety, and wakefulness.

From the New Scientist article:

In other words, their problem is not so much that they don't sleep but that, asleep or not, their brains are never quite off. "It's the major hypothesis of what insomnia's about," he says.

Do You Feel Like You're Not Sleeping, Even When You Are?

https://www.newscientist.com/article.../#.U4aa6VhdWDE

The New Scientist article is behind a pay wall. It's expensive.

Should you wish to discuss insomnia cures, I suggest contributing to one of the existing threads:

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...their problem is not so much that they don't sleep but that, asleep or not, their brains are never quite off...

Yeah, that...
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I was able to access the New Scientist article through my county library account so that may be an option for others who want to read the full article.
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Doesn't explain my looking at the clock every 2 hours. But maybe I'm just dreaming that.


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Doesn't explain my looking at the clock every 2 hours. But maybe I'm just dreaming that.
Maybe you're misperceiving whether you're awake or asleep between looks at the clock.
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Maybe you're misperceiving whether you're awake or asleep between looks at the clock.

Most of the time I am asleep and then wake up. Other times I am just wide awake.

It's just the way it is. I've learned to live with it.


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