I've been working nights now for about 13 months. Its had its ups and downs. But tonight, all my fears have come to a head. I'm scared to death that I have Fatal Insomnia. I don't know of anyone in the family on either of parents side who died with it (strokes, heart issues). I know theres a Sporadic form of it, and that's what scares me. I've been getting 7-8 hours of sleep during the day, hence the fact I work nights. But. that has gone down these last few days. I've gotten a rare 3 day weekend from work. I have tried to sleep the past 2 nights. First night was 6 hours of on and off sleep and tonight, maybe a doze off and that's it. I feel very tired but only doze for a few seconds before waking up with what feels like fast heart rate. I can't imagine the perspective of not being able to sleep. I feel like sometimes I'm awake all day/night, yet others tell me a was sleeping really heavy. I feel down quite a bit, even at work. Never thought I would have issues sleeping at night, but now that I do, my fears are hitting me like a brick wall. I do take Melatonin. It really helped me to start sleeping during the day. My constant fear is Fatal Insomnia, and my family has a history of anxiety. I'm just really scared, I'm only 25 and feel as if I have my whole life ahead of me, yet the only thing on my mind is if I'm going to sleep good or not.
Hope someone out there can help me.