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It has become so frequent that it is no longer an event, but a process with predictable iterations.
"Dozing off" is not even an accurate term. In fact, I'm going to edit the title of this post and change it to "Konking Out". It's like, "Huh?" and I awaken, and at least an hour has passed, tonight I think it was two or three.
This happens enough to make it a regular nightly event, and I don't like it.
Not only do I dislike it, but this WebMD Article Here reports that it might increase the chance of a stroke.
Has anyone else personally experienced this, and fixed it ?
Google does not lead to very good answers here.
Or, quite possibly, I don't know how to ask the right question.
Just exactly what ARE the factors which increase the likelihood of this ?
I suffer from very bad insomnia and this can lead to inopportune fatigue hitting me during the day; never at night when I need it. If you are not sleeping well at night, go to the doctor for some Zolpidem and get to sleep for a few days and see if that helps.
Another side is the psychological one. What are you doing when you sit down of an evening? Any passive activity - TV is the worst - will increase doziness, while active activities - reading or, God forbid, talking to the family - will stimulate brain activity.
Finally, and this may sound stupid, try sitting in a different chair. Your brain associates the chair with the end of day wind down and will be switching off when you slump into it with your glass of scotch.
Do you spend much time far from them? In that case I very well understand you. For most of my life "talking to the family" meant listening to my dad's ramblings (insightful but he tends to repeat himself quite a lot and to obsess on some topic for months at a time) and then it came my fiancé, who speaks to me - and expects only affirmative grunts and the occasional enthusisatic response in regards of some topic she only knows/is interested in. Usually I skip the listening and react only to the pauses in speech (a technique my mother taught me).
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I've suffered from this myself - sleep apnoea leading to narcolepsy. At one point in my life I was falling asleep in all manner of situations, usually hitting REM instantly and often not even realising that I was asleep - very scary way to be! It also leads to very loud snoring which can be seriously problematic for partners.
The are various ways to tackle apnoea - CPAP being one of them but who wants to sleep with a face mask? I couldn't get on with it, myself.
I had surgery on my septum (somewhat mangled in an accident) and that helped but it didn't cure the problem.
Weight loss is the one sure-fire remedy as apnoea tends to affect people with 16.5"+ collar sizes and the one that largely fixed it for me - I lost 3 stone and now sleep a lot better than I used to. Smoking can also be a factor but much less so than weight.
Needless to say, I'm a rocket scientist not a doctor, but personal experience suggests that a low-carb diet is the best approach - not only for weight-loss but also as carbs always seemed to be one of the big narcolepsy triggers for me.
If you aren't overweight, chances are it isn't apnoea. Either way, see a doctor - it's something that can get out of hand quite quickly and it's extremely dangerous if you drive or use heavy machinery.
Is that the word for "going to sleep so suddenly that you are not even aware of its impending onset" ?
Since it happens so frequently (90% of the time) in this chair, in front of this same computer, in the exact same way, after the one (evening) meal of the day, every single time, is it actually narcolepsy ?
Might sound strange, but "don't sit in the chair".
Explained: First of all you have the psychological effect that your body and mind recognize it as a place of rest and sleep and therefore will "induce" a drousy effect.
Secondly, make sure to move more. You get energy by burning energy (in a strange way). Try sleeping when you just ran a few miles and you'll know what I'm talking about.
If you do sit in the chair, make sure to stand up regularly. If you're watching TV, stand up each commercial and do something. (toilet break, clean up kitchen a bit, ... I personally try to do 30 situps and 10 push up each commercial break, that amounts to around 150 situps and 50 push ups every evening )