Have any of you medical folk had to release members due to sleep disorders?
As a civie in high school I had problems with sleep and went to the doctor twice about it, the first time I think I was only 14. I was actually forced that time by my mom. I went again at around 17 under my own discretion.
Not much Nothing was done.
I learned to "plan around it" for the most part, and I managed to work full-time in the trades 40 hrs a week, and for 8 weeks 60 hrs a week, and I guess due to getting up early and physical exhaustion throughout the day, I could manage to get 4-8 hours a night most nights so it was bareable. Some regularity was there while I was working, days off were another story.
Also during my 15 week BMOQ this summer, it generally wasn't a problem. Other then the weekends coming and me getting screwed up enough that Sunday night I would only get 2 hours of sleep sometimes. It's weird though as soon as I'm "on my own time" I fall right back into it. After the 5 week indoc period, going to bed at 11pm getting up 5am everyday including weekends, I went to Montreal as soon as we were allowed out, went to bed at a reasonable hour (say 1-2am) and slept until 2pm. As far as I can find out, it's not normal, and that most people would not do this, or even be able to, after getting up 5am every day for 5 weeks.
I'm ROTP. Since I started at Civie U 2 years ago (first semester wasn't subsidized, last 2 and this one have been) with only 15-18 hrs a week in school, things have snowballed downhill. It's been affecting my ability to maintain a life that's "consistent with societal norms." There's just no regularity to it. No patterns. I am often up for 20-30 hours, and then sleep for 12, or maybe only 2, or maybe 16.... and other times I'm up for that time period and can't fall asleep, and the situation I'm in now that really prompted this post:
Sunday I woke up at 4pm. I was up all Sunday night watching football and doing a paper. I laid down to sleep at 6:30am (Monday), didn't fall asleep until about 8am. I had to get up at 10 30 am to attend an important class and finish a paper for 5 30 pm. By the end of my class at 6:45 pm, it was safe to say I was feeling a little sleep drunk. I came home, did some stuff around the house that had to be done, and laid down at 9pm (hoping to wake around 6-8am), only to not be able to sleep. Finally around 10 30 pm I fell asleep, but woke up twice, and finally woke up a 3rd time at 2am, and could not get back to sleep, no way in hell. I felt absolutely 100% awesome. It's now 8 50am, I feel great, ready to finish this day out.
But it's starting to be unbearable and ridiculous. By the time I sleep tonight, hopefully around 10 30pm, I will have had about 6-7 hrs of sleep since Sunday at 4pm when i woke. This is pretty ridiculous. And I have no idea what time I will wake up tomorrow, even if I do get to sleep at 10 30 tonight.
I feel that during my training in the summers I would not be as affected, and that once I finish training and am with the unit working in garrison it would be bareable gain. But I'm very hesitant to go to the doctor for a 3rd time about this, one because I'm worried I'll get turned away again, and two because I'm worried I'll end up getting medically released. Neither one does much good for me.