While it is not uncommon for individuals to struggle with their sleep patterns, these issues can be classified as Sleep-Wake Disorders if they meet a specific set of criteria and significantly impair one?s quality of life or ability to function regularly.
After finding academic and personal success throughout high school and college, Alexis hit the ground running, ready to build a life for herself. Recently, though, she has been struggling with the return of a problem she suffered through in childhood: nightmares. She recalls being tormented by them growing up, but they were scarce during recent years, making her believe she had reached a "normal" level. Over the last year, they have become frequent and intense, making her afraid to go to sleep and potentially putting a strain on her romantic relationship. As the viewer listens to Alexis speak about her condition and the impact it is having on her, they are able to observe her as she honestly and desperately searches for answers and release from her condition. It is up to the viewer to put together the clues and figure out a diagnosis for her.