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Sleep Deprivation, Disorders, and Drugs

April Ellis

PSY/240

November 23, 2012

Emily Feaster

I have many nights that I feel that I do not get enough sleep. I go to bed at a decent hour but I seem to always wake up after I have gone to bed and been in bed for a couple of hours and it is like clockwork every night. I do the same thing. I might sleep a total of about 3-4 hours a night every night. But one situation that I call say that I will never forget when I did not get enough sleep was when was in the hospital having my son. The doctor induced my labor on a Monday morning around 8:30 AM and I remember having contractions throughout that whole day, my water did not break until about 9 AM or so the following Tuesday morning, which was December 24, 1996. I remember the contractions getting harder and closer together and not being very comfortable in that hospital bed and not sleeping well because the nurses and the doctor kept coming in checking on me. It is hard to sleep when you are in labor and having back pain and cannot take anything. I did have an epidural, but that did not ease the pain completely and I could not rest or sleep. I had my son at 11:58 PM, December 24, 1996 after being in labor 38 and ½ hours. No during that time I could not really sleep or even after having him. I was then sent to ICU for a week after having my son because of my blood pressure being too high and therefore did not sleep because the nurses had to keep an eye on me 24 hours a day and plus having family and friends coming in to see us, it was tough. And then on top of that I had gotten a cold while I was in the hospital and could not breathe because I was so congested. But it was all worth it and I would do it again. Not having the sleep that I needed that week while in the hospital after giving birth to my son effected my mood big time. I was very ill and snappy. I remember that when my water broke and I knew it did and I told the nurse at...
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