Can a person get so tired that they can't sleep?
I remember reading somewhere that infants and toddlers can become so tired that they literally cannot fall asleep. Can it happen to adults too?
I currently have the worst jet-lag I have ever experienced. And it is all my fault. When we got home on Saturday, I was determined to stay awake until evening. When I do that, I have a long, hard day. But I am usually fine by the next day.
But it was a cold, dreary and rainy on Saturday. Plus GLH (who never has jet-lag and can fall asleep pretty much anytime and anywhere he wants) decided to go to bed. After showering, eating breakfast, checking my e-mail and watching t.v. for a while, I decided that it was a crappy day and I was tired. Plus GLH looked cozy and warm. So I went to sleep too.
We woke up in the late afternoon.
At 10:30 GLH went to bed and fell asleep immediately. I took a sleeping pill and read a book for 20 minutes while I waited for the pill to take effect. Then I turned off the light and tried to sleep. At 1:30 in the morning I gave up. I got up and took 2 sleeping pills. And remained unconscious until nearly noon, possibly in a drug-induced temporary coma.
It is now Wednesday and my sleep patterns are still out of whack. I sleep for a short while at night, anywhere from 3-6 hours or so. Then I force myself to stay awake all day so that hopefully I will be able to sleep that night.
I am so exhausted I am barely functioning.
So again, I ask you, can you get so tired that you cannot sleep anymore?
By the way, to our international guests who think I am mean when I force them to stay awake from the time they arrive on the morning flight until at least 9:30 pm. THIS IS WHY I DO THAT! It really is for your own good.
And I will never, ever do this to myself again!