• Gauthika Gauthika
    November 15, 2009
    Why do I sit up while sleeping?
    Gauthika Gauthika
    November 15, 2009

    I have Sleep Apnea, Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome and some other problems. For the past few years most nights I will wake up sitting up or someone in the house will see me sitting up and gently wake me up and have me lay back down. I know that because I do this, I am so tired all the time, along with the other problems I have. My sleep doctor has no idea why I do this. I thought that maybe it was the pain making me do that but he doesn't think so. I am hoping that maybe you will have some idea why I do this. Thanks!



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  • Jai-Me August 19, 2010
    August 19, 2010

    I dont have an answer for you..but i myself have sleep apnea and i sit up in my sleep..i know i am doing it..and i can feel myself doing it...but i wont lay back down. My husband has to make me lay down and often i am really tired in the morning. It started when i was around 13 years of age and i was going through some really hard times. My thearpist and dr's told me it was just stress. That in  my sleep sit up to realive some stress..i went to do a sleep study and the dr told me that he didnt know why, but it may be because of my sleep apnea. My body goes into kind of a protective mode and i may have stopped breathing for too long, so my body just goes upright. Sounds weird but it sounded almost right. Well now i've noticed my 7 year old doing it at night. I'll lay her down and in the morning she will ask me who layed her down. So she knows that she is being laid down but dont see them. Its like you are outside your body kinda. I  dont know. I was just wondering if it was just me or if others were like that..

    • Cross057
      February 29, 2016
      February 29, 2016
      I can't really offer an answer but it has started happening to me the past few months. Either I wake up sitting up in bed all slumped over or I know I had been from the drool marks down my shirt. I don't have a spouse or boyfriend to tell me. I have never been tested for any sleep disorders but thinking I might need to be. I used to do this when I had heartburn bad at night but that's under control so I'm clueless to why. READ MORE
    • buttaphlybly
      May 21, 2016
      May 21, 2016
      I too sit up in bed while sleeping. I am unaware when I do it...but it happens several times a night. I am frequently exhausted in the mornings and some days I stay tired all day...other days I manage to recover. Usually by 7pm I'm just about dead but I push on for my five kids who all have ADHD. It's really tough, and my doctor was not very helpful at the time. I have a new doctor now who is awesome so I'm going to share this with him and see what we can figure out. READ MORE
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  • jennifer May 15, 2010
    May 15, 2010

    I am researching this too, because I also sit up in my sleep.

    My body also jerks, but this I have found out to be normal.

    I read somewhere that we might be acting out our dreams and thats why we sit up, I don't know for sure though. I can also remember my dreams vividly after I wake up when it's been more than a few hours.  it seems almost like a memory of the past because something or someone will trigger it. I fall asleep real fast and use to have trouble staying asleep, but that has changed and It is soo hard for me to wake up.  I don't have any energy either.  On my lunch break I'll take a nap for like 15 minutes and I can dream that fast in that small amount of time too.  Strange!

  • Kayci5288 January 11, 2010
    January 11, 2010
    Hello. I am not too sure if I can answer your question.. but I've been tring to look things up to help reasure myself on some things. I too sit up in my sleep, this usually occurs 4 to 5 times a week. My roomate typically doesnt wake me up anymore, she used to lie me back down, however, she would wake up an hour later to find me sitting up agian. I am 22 years old, I have been doing this since i was 13. I cannot seem to figure out why this happens, I've tried to keep up with a sleeping pattern, the only thing that I can conclude is, I only do this when I am stressed. I am a mother to a beautiful 19 month old baby girl, I left her father 5 months ago, thats when it started to occur very often. We are in the middle of a nasty custody battle as well. I'm pretty sure occurances like this are stress related.. but thats all I can put my finger on. I hope that I have been of some sort of help to you! God Bless! READ MORE
    • purplepeopleeater<3
      April 05, 2010
      April 05, 2010

      wow me too! im 12, almost 13 and its happened quite a lot, ill be sleeping on the sofa and ill sit up and start talking, the last thing i said in my sleep was something about something having a nice ending xDD idk.. but i remember before i went to bed i was thinking about how the movie will hav a nice ending cuz my dad was watching an exiting movie and i couldn't watch it and i was listening to it and i was trying to go to sleep and i kept telling myself that, and i had felt stressed because i was mad at my mom and i wanted to see the movie and so yeah idk.. but my dream had nothing to do with any of that. and my dream was entirely different. its weird how when your sleeping, and your having a dream about something, it means that your brain is probably working on two parts, one, to keep your dream going, and the second, to make your body move and talk and stuff. so think i think thats freaky. 

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  • Aditya July 05, 2012
    July 05, 2012

    Hello Folks...My 6 year old son is having the same problem, he sit up while sleeping 2-3 times in night , many times we lay him down..if you have find sollution please updte.

    • Gauthika
      July 06, 2012
      July 06, 2012

      I now have an answer (at least temporary), not a cure, from a sleep doctor. I've asked other sleep doctors, my pain doctor and family doctor about my problem and none of them could give me an answer. I recently saw a new sleep doctor and he said the reason I'm sitting up is because I can't breath, that it is part of the sleep apnea. He said our bodies will sit up to gasp for breath if we are constricted in some way (whether it's from the outside of our body or from the inside), but it's not enough of a "jolt" to wake us up. He's going to do another sleep study on me and hopefully he will see what is going on for sure. The past couple of years when I sit up I end up falling out of bed and hitting my head. It is becoming a very serious issue with me. He said for now, up until the study, for me to sleep in a recliner. That way I should get some good sleep. When I do sleep in the recliner it's all good, but in the bed it's not. I have the sleep study done on the 14th and I will update what I find out. Good luck to all of you who have this problem. It is a very serious issue that we need to deal with.

    • Babsy711
      May 17, 2014
      May 17, 2014
      I just read your post and am wondering what was the outcome of he study your doctor gave you. My husband has been putting me down 4 to 5 times a night. I am disabled dealing with chronic back pain. This is making my life more difficult. I hope and pray that you will respond to my question.... READ MORE
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  • kcsc14 November 06, 2015
    November 06, 2015
    hello there i aslo have fibromyalgia and my partner has noticed that while im asleep im making notices twitching or sitting up right he can lay me back down 2 or 3 times a night, sometimes i am aware im doing it other times im not. after speaking to my specialist she said its a common thing with fibro sufferes its to do with the nervous system. hope this helps x READ MORE
  • emilyley155 August 14, 2016
    August 14, 2016
    Hi I am 14 almost 15 in a few months. I sit up, my head resting on my hands or blanket and how I found out I was doing this is when my dad comes and wakes me up in the morning and finds me sitting up and sleeping he told me later that day and I dont think I do it often but I don't know if I do it a lot. Sometimes I find myself sitting up in my bed, like how did I get here? I think my body thinks it is comfortable in that possession. I hope nothing is wrong with me and I always do. I wish you guys luck if anyone has this same thing!!! READ MORE
  • frostyjmhi November 15, 2015
    November 15, 2015
    My wife finds me sitting up. Sometimes I can fall asleep so fast while I'm sitting up and stay that way. I have sleep apnea, undiagnosed though. I've been doing since I was a kid. I'm just glad I'm not alone in this. READ MORE
  • Anonymous September 01, 2015
    September 01, 2015
    I can't answer this but I get this too, I sit up whilst asleep with my eyes wide open, I'm only 15 and it seems to be when I have friends round as when they walk into the room they will see me like that and they get creeped out but they have to use the toilet which is in my room but they just ignore me, one of my friends said she walked in and saw me sat up looking straight at her, she said my name trying to wake me up but I did nothing, as she opened the toilet door my eyes rolled back and I laid down again. No websites seem to have an answer to this READ MORE
  • jayden0barrow March 27, 2016
    March 27, 2016
    I kinda do this, so my sister says I sit up in bed, have my eyes closed the whole time, then slowly turn my head in her direction. At this point I start to talk, you know like ask questions, join in on conversations, and even sing song lyrics. Is their a certain name for this... I tried to look it up but nothing matches my description. READ MORE
  • cberends5 February 08, 2016
    February 08, 2016
    I go to bed later than my wife does on a regular basis. And many times when i walk into our bedroom she is sleeping and i dont turn the light on or anything but she will often sit up and look at me as if she is wide awake but very confused and repeatedly say hello at least 5 times. But sometimes she doesnt say anything and she is just sitting there staring at me, its kinda creepy but she has never acted violent or scared just very confused and no matter how many times i quietly tell her to go back to sleep she doesn't respond or do so. I have to gently lay her back down and then she goes back to sleep. And i do not try to communicate with her because i know its kinda like her subconsious and unconsious so i dont want to cause a weird dream or scare her. But i cant really figure out what it is either. READ MORE
  • sgr2305 October 26, 2015
    October 26, 2015
    Hi I'm 24, mother, sometimes I've done this with my eyes open, stayed young, stopped awhile, got pregnant started back up. I got a lot of health issues... But lately I can tell you, I've only been doing it as my body telling me I need to pee it's so annoying. I'll try to ignore and end up sitting up every time till I go pee. Once I pee I'm okay till I have to go again. Lol sometimes my body will do it. Without me feeling like I have to pee. I usually have to anyways... READ MORE
  • Tmariee16 October 14, 2015
    October 14, 2015
    Honestly I'm only 19 almost 20 I've been sitting up in my sleep since I was about 11 I'd wake up almost every other night confused why I was sitting up and a little scared honestly. For the past 2 years now I've been dreaming like real life I see myself and whoever is next to me if anyone which also scares me but I walk round my whole house super confused and dreaming it's super weird and freaky idk what to do about it still haven't seen a doctor about it either. READ MORE
  • Hali August 29, 2015
    August 29, 2015
    I think what it is, is that your either not getting enough sleep or you know that you have to do something when you wake up in the morning. I sit up in my sleep also and I am 17 years old. I first noticed this last year, I would wake up at night multiple times and I would be sitting up in my bed. I would lay back down and go to sleep to wake up a couple hours later sitting up in my bed again. Though I never thought any thing of it I remember doing this a couple times before. When I was 9 I remember waking up sitting Indian style and another time waking up sitting on my knees like Japanese people do like in the old days. Then when I was in fifth grade we went on a over night field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo, I slept beside my teacher and I was super scared because I wasn't comfortable sleeping around so many people and anyways my teacher found me sitting up multiple times that night. I just took notice to it last year when I was catching my self doing it all year. When we letalk out for summer break I stopped but now that I'm back in school I'm catching my self doing it again. So maybe it's my body thinking it's time to get up. The farthest my body has ever taken me is I woke up while getting ready for school at 3 in the morning. So that's my opinion on this, also I was always scared I would sleep through my alarm so maybe that's another reason why my body did that because my mind was saying don't forget or something. READ MORE
  • AnimeArielle September 03, 2012
    September 03, 2012

    I'm not sure, I'm trying to figure this out myself as well. It could be genetic...? I think that because my grandma, my mom, and my siblings do it as well as me


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