It wasn't easy getting out of bed this a.m. (as per usual) but I decided since I did not really do any exercise yesterday I just have to go. I don't have a handicapped parking permit any longer so have to figure an extra 15 minutes for walking to and from a parking place. It is almost 5:00 and will have to leave the house by 5:30 in order to get there early enough so I can have a whole hour in the pool before work. Today I am going to try a few more exercises than I usually do in the pool and see how that goes and try not to overdo. I feel very fortunate to have a therapy pool at work that I can use.
I slept my usual 2 hour spurts all night long and do not feel especially alert yet.
I am a bit beat this morning...slept some but had the usual approximately 2 hour awakenings. Last night I was so tired I just rolled over and didn't track on my sleep log (it seemed like so much work to get up and find my glasses!). This morning I am waiting for my morning brew (but still limited coffee intake to help with the adrenaline rushes).
Had a nice day yesterday. Picked up a girlfriend and brought her home and we made pork and vegetables stir fry. She did all the chopping while I fussed around in the kitchen, washed clothes and cooked the rice and tea. It turned out somewhat bland as she didn't want me to put in hot sauce (which I would usually do), but it was very good and all three of said, look how healthy we are eating....
I have been so focused on my hubby and his decision to hunt or not to hunt....I think it is time for me to get back to me and how I need to lose weight and get proper sleep at night. I am trying various tactics with the sleep and the latest is that I closed my window to keep out the pollen. My room is probably full of pollen (and dust) so my project this weekend is to clean up my room and see if a less dusty polleny atmosphere will help. Since I closed the window I noticed when I wake up I just seem to go right back to sleep. I also tried one of those Breathe-Rite strips a few nights and I think that may have helped also. I have been trying to go to bed by 8:30 so I get plenty of time in bed as my alarm goes off at 4:30 or 5:00 depending if I am going swimming before work. This week both days when the alarm went off at 4:30 I was still feeling exhausted and tried to go back to sleep for an extra 2 hours (which did not work) and missed out on the therapy pool both days. Next week I will go to bed earlier the night before the morning swim and see if that helps.
I have read getting 8 hours of sleep helps with weight loss. I think it could be related to stress, as the few nights I get a good night's sleep I feel less stressed out and the last time I ended up in the ER with high blood pressure, etc I had had a very bad night for sleep the night before that. I have had a few people suggest over the counter sleeping pills but since I am suspecting I have a breathing problem at night I think that could be a dangerous "solution." I will wait to use any kind of medication for sleep until I have seen the lung/sleep specialist and see what she says.
Yesterday he told me that he doesn't think he should go hunting because he likes his sleep. He takes Ambien to get to sleep and doesn't wake up until 7:00 a.m. every morning. He does remember that last year when he went hunting his son rousted him out of bed about 4:30 a.m. and he didn't like it. Now he really wouldn't be able to get up that early unless he went to bed about 8:00 p.m. and he doesn't want to change his sleep schedule. I told him he should call his son and discuss it. Perhaps this may be a good excuse for him to avoid hunting which I thought all along was a really bad idea. Time will tell.
I have been tracking my sleep pattern for over a week now and it looks pretty abnormal. Two nights this week I was able to stay asleep for 5-6 hours in a stretch. Otherwise I wake up about every 1-2 hours throughout the night and when it comes time to get up I am still tired. This morning my alarm was set for 4:30 so I could swim before work and I decided to go back to sleep for 2 more hours but couldn't get to sleep and gave up after 30 minutes. I am awake and sparking now but even though I had 1 cup of coffee, I have a headache that feels similar to a caffeine withdrawal headache. I think the pollen count is high today and I still have my window in bedroom open but will definitely shut it before I go to work today and hope that helps my sleep, too. In about 2 weeks I will be seeing the lung specialist regarding my sleep problem.