SSHH!! Night Owl Mom is sleeping! Or is she? She will keep watch over you until you fall asleep!

Excerpts From The "Wizard of Oz"

COWARDLY LION: "Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven't slept in weeks".

TIN MAN: "Why don't you try counting sheep?"

COWARDLY LION: "That doesn't do any good - I'm afraid of 'em!"

WICKED WITCH: "Poppies! Poppies! Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleep - now they'll sleep."

DOROTHY: "Oh - oh - what's happening? What is it? I can't run any more. I'm so sleepy. "I have to rest for just a minute."

SCARECROW: "Oh, you can't rest now."

LION: "Come to think of it, forty winks wouldn't be bad."

SCARECROW: "It's snowing! No, it isn't! Yes, it is! Oh, maybe that'll help! Oh, but it couldn't help! It does help! Dorothy, you're waking up!"

LION: "Ah - ah. Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?"

Why aren't you sleeping yet?

Just for fun, I asked everyone a few questions about their sleeping habits.

How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

What do you do when you can't sleep?

The following are the answers that some of our list members gave.

Jennifer

1. 3 to 4 hrs., if I'm lucky!

2. Read

3. Watch t.v.

4. Play on computer

5. Make lists of things I need to do.

Melissa

1. Watch Tv.

2. Read a good Dean Koontz book.

3. Try to rid out some of my 400 plus emails

4. Get up and do dishes (ugh!).

Wendy

1. 3-5 hrs. at a time

2. Read

3. Watch TV

4. Play with the computer

5. Sometimes resort to sleeping meds.

Nansi

1. I usually get 6 hours of sleep with 2 interuptions, on a good night.

2. Some nights I can't sleep at all so I surf on the computer

3. I can't stand it when I toss and turn so I just get up.

Jonas

Maybe I'm not normal, because I sleep. :-) I sleep very well, seven to ten hours a night! My neurologist almost doesn’t believe me. I always had trouble falling asleep, like turning and tossing for one or two hours, but when I'm asleep I'm asleep. Sometimes it does happen that I can't sleep at all.

1. I watch CNN or surf.

2. For me there's always a friend to chat with on the computer.

3. Sometimes I write in my diary.

Take A Sleep Quiz!

Take A Sleep Test!

Sleep Stages

Sometimes, But not always due to MS.

1. Sleep Latency - The number of minutes before the onset of a measurable sleep cycle. This could last for hours!

2. Sleep Efficiency - The percentage of time spent in bed versus the time spent asleep. Also could last many hours!

3. Micro-Arousals - Rate per hour of measurable, but brief, changes during sleep to waking brain wave activity.

4. Major Body Repositioning - Rate of major body position changes per hour. Continuous tossing and turning. Sometimes you just can't get comfortable! Sometimes leads to your whole body "itching". This is due to the MonSter acting up because you are overtired.

Reasons For Not Sleeping

1. Insomnia - Affects everyone at some time or another.

Difficulty falling or staying asleep; waking earlier than desired. Insomnia can be caused by a number of medical or behavioral factors such as stress, tension, shift-work or poor sleeping habits.

Insomnia - A Comprehensive Review

2. Sleep Apnea Could be due to MS and/or other medical conditions. Brief pauses of breathing during sleep.

Often associated with loud snoring, snorting and gasping for breath. Sleep apnea can result in daytime sleepiness, depression, and cardiovascular problems.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea And Snoring

3. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness - Common Struggling to stay awake during the day. Reduced productivity at school or work; memory or concentration problems.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

4. Narcolepsy - Also can be due to MS Sleep attacks; sudden muscular weakness in response to strong emotion; brief paralysis upon falling asleep or waking up.

Narcolepsy

5. Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder - Also can be due to MS.

6. Uncomfortable Sensations in the Legs near sleep time, sometimes described as a creepy crawly feeling. Legs and arms may move or jerk involuntarily during sleep.

Restless Legs Syndrome

7. Somnambulism (Sleepwalking) - Somnambulism is the Latin term for sleepwalking.

Somniloquy (Sleep talking)- Sleep talking is such a common phenomenon that it would not even be classified as a disorder. It can occur in any stage of sleep and can be either intelligible or mumbling and gibberish.

Hypnagogic Hallucinations - Hypnagogic hallucinations are episodes of seeing and hearing things as one is falling asleep.

Sleep Paralysis - Sleep paralysis is a state is which one is totally paralyzed for a few seconds as one awakens from sleep.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder - Built into our biologic system is a wonderful mechanism for protecting us when we go into rapid eye-movement sleep (REM sleep), the state of sleep in which we dream.

Bruxism (Teeth grinding)- Teeth grinding can occur in adults and children.

Body Rocking and Head Banging, Sleep Related Violence- These disorders are most commonly seen in children and are usually outgrown by adolescence.

Night Terrors (or sleep terrors) - are a first cousin of sleepwalking and it, too, is considered a disorder of arousal.

Sleep Eating - This disorder is a specific type of sleepwalking. In the sleep eating disorder, subjects move in a sleepwalking state to the kitchen to eat a variety of foods from the refrigerator and/or cabinets. These are unwanted behaviors that occur when the brain is partially asleep.

For more information on the above topics discussed in #7, see the link below.

Walking in Your Sleep and Other Unusual Sleep Behaviors: A Review of Parasomnias

How To Feel Rested On Too Little Sleep!

OK, so you are still not sleeping! We like to chat until we fall asleep!
Do you?
;-)
Click on the "Chat Room" link below!

Oh, you don't like to chat? Well, check out other pages on our site then! Our message board? Sign our guest book? Check out our Famous MSers page? Take a survey! Read our poetry! You will find a link to all of these and more on the chart at the bottom!

Perhaps you would like to do a web search for something else? Try this Yahoo! search!

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Sleep Links

Simmons Mattress Company - Lots of info about sleep!

MEDLINEplus - Sleep Disorders

Check this out! This is Funny!

ARKY’S MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Good Night!
Sleep Well and Take Good Care, My Friends!

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