I don't have many questions, and no insights, but maybe someone has suggestions, or can relate?? I have hardly slept a wink in the past 6 weeks due to "Atypical Face Pains" [like Trigeminal Neuralgia]. Within 20 minutes of falling asleep I am jolted awake by these severe pains on the left side of my face. They come on sometimes when I am awake, but mostly after I fall asleep. I have tried to sleep in my recliner but it also happens there. Sometimes I catch 3 or 4 hours, but usually just the 20 minutes. I am getting paranoid, confused, stressed, and just plain mental. I startle easily now. I see the Neurologist after I get all my tests done, but I don't see any resolution in the near future. I am AFRAID of taking sleeping pills because these pains are so severe that they would wake me up from a coma, and so I would just be more zombiefied if I take sleeping pills, right? Or, that maybe I would sleep longer and that might make the pains worse before I wake up. Any ideas?