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Oh, Sleep, I Could use a Visit ...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

After a week of more or less normal sleep (for me "normal" means between about 5 and 7 hours worth), last night I managed to get a whole 3 hours before waking up unable to return to snoozing. As a result I have been just "phoning it in" for pretty much everything today. Even my exercise program fell short; sorry, Leslie Sansone, my body and my heart may have been in it but my synapses were not.

I'm watching my grandson this week and I barely got his breakfast made, much less his lunch - luckily he's old enough he doesn't need a lot of looking after.

The always ubiquitous "they" say you don't sleep as much when you get old; I could testify to that from personal experience because I NEVER get 8 hours anymore, I'm happy when I get six or seven. I've also tried every herbal remedy I've found, I think, from Chamomile to Valerian and a whole bunch in between. I'm avoiding a discussion about it with my Dr. because her reaction to problems like that is always another prescription drug, and my reaction to THAT is always no I don't want to/can't afford to take another prescription, not to mention the litany of side effects that I'd prefer not to experience.

So I guess I'll continue to settle for a sleepless night from time to time, but boy, the day after is NOT fun. So this will be my totally non-creative blog for this week and maybe tomorrow I'll be back to a more functional state. Meanwhile I'm going to go play word games on a team or two to keep me awake so I don't mess up this coming night's sleep too.
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  • CANNIE50
    I have way too much experience with way too little sleep. Right now my magic combination is one 3mg melatonin, three zinc/calcium/magnesium tablets, and one Advil P.M. It enables me to sleep for 6-7 hours which is amazing! I would prefer not to take anything, and especially not anything over the counter but for now, I accept that this is my reality. People who sleep from the time their head hits the pillow until it is time to get up in the morning cannot fathom not being able to sleep while my long standing fantasy is to sleep 8 hours straight. I agree with you about the prescription sleeping pills. I took one for awhile, until the insurance company said they would no longer cover them. I am not ashamed to tell you, I briefly wept, and, just as briefly, considered $700.00 per month out of pocket. Instead, I kept trying different remedies until I came up with the one above. I hope you get some rest - everything is harder without sleep. emoticon
    2460 days ago
    Hi Dee!

    I'm sorry to hear about your uncooperative synapses. That does not sound like fun. I can't function on anything less than 8 hours (seriously) and cannot fathom what 3 must feel like.

    I applaud your decision to stay away from prescription drugs. Many appear to be a racket!

    Here's hoping you can get some San Diego sea air to calm those synapses down.

    Happy Easter, Passover, Spring Fling, or whatever you're celebrating....

    Lori :)
    2463 days ago
    :) I will join you in the word games in a moment... sorry i wasn't up to doing them last night.. I am having a similar problem... I am waking up in pain, and not wanting to stay awake.. which really messes with my sleep cycles...
    2464 days ago
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