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Better Sleep 4 Week Challenge, 1st night, daily blog!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whew, a little history first. I worked nightshift for about 40 years, been retired for a few years now, and have been unable to fully transition to sleeping all night. I have always slept during the day and with the nightstand tv on and volume on very low to drown out the ambient noise during the day, cars driving by, animals making noise, house creaking, faucet drip, ac noise, etc.
Last night was my first night of this 4 week challenge. Which also requires a daily blog about sleep. This will probably be my longest blog, I hope.

Went to bed at 8pm, listened to iPod relaxing music. Turned off tv, I was only looking, not listening since I was using iPod. Turned everything off at 9pm and fell right to sleep. Woke up at 1:30am with very restless legs which I rarely have. I had to get up out of bed and walk around. Steve Martin calls it Happy Feet. After reviewing yesterdays nutrition I decided I was a bit dehydrated and also hungry. Legs were still giving me fits until after I had drank 8 cups of water and ate a cheese sandwich, then 3am hit and the leg restlessness was gone, but now I am wide awake and frequent trips to the ladies room and DH is now up and making coffee. I had 2 cups and decided to stay up until 1pm and then take a nap for an hour. I am hoping the nap won't affect falling asleep at 9pm tonight. And I am not having caffeine after my nap.

So last night wasn't the best night's sleep, I have had better at times. The first night was not very good.

Other than last night Life is Good, as my SparkFriend Claudia says. I like that, it sounds positive.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/16/2012 10:16AM

    I have been a night-owl since I was 7 years old. At that age I'd be up until 1 am, and get up at 6:30 am. Later I got to staying up until 3 am and often 6 am; then catch a few hours sleep. I have tried many times to change it, but finally learned a way that is sorta working for me, and has me on a semblance of a 'normal peoples hours' schedule.

I started the change by each evening at 6 or 7 pm taking 1 mg of melatonin and putting on wrap-around sunglasses with deep amber lenses. The lenses have to be amber or it won't keep out the blue light rays which keep a person awake and from producing melatonin. I also put an amber or red light bulb in my bedroom lamp, so I can shut off the top lights, take off my amber glasses, and not have any blue light enter my eyes. can read by the amber or red light, but I find it irritating so I donít bother. I also have blackout curtains on my bedroom window.

If I wake up during the night I take 1/4 of a one mg. tablet, and am soon back off into dreamland.

Later I started taking the first dose of melatonin right at bedtime, and I started losing the schedule I had set for myself. Now I am back to going to bed at 1 am and often laying there for an hour. I have also been sleeping later, but still not near as late as I had before. I should go back to taking the melatonin earlier, but when I do that means basically not going anywhere and certainly not driving; so it kinda limits my social life when I take it. Still, for sure I need to get back to taking it at least an hour before bed, so that when I do go to bed I don't just lay there an hour waiting for sleep.

Before doing the melatonin and amber glasses I had absolutely NO success at changing my hours no matter how I tried. I am happy with the success this has brought me. It gives me a more normal life, and on the mornings I have to get up really early to go to an appointment, it isn't like a 5 hour change in my sleep cycle, and thus suffering and exhaustion all day. Now I have about a 2 1/2 hour change in sleep cycle when I have to get up early, and I can live with that.


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THRIVE2DAY 6/14/2012 10:11AM

    What do you think was key to getting rid of the restless legs? I have restless leg syndrome. I've found a hot shower in the middle of the night in a candle lit bathroom usually makes mine go away and stay away. Other than that, the only relief I find is in walking about. When I want to go back to sleep, I take the hot shower and gently rock side to side.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/14/2012 4:39AM

    Hopefully the challenge will help you learn better sleep habits and help you be healthy!

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DEEO12 6/13/2012 6:01PM

    WTG in taking the challenge. It won`t happen right away but practice makes perfect. It will get better.

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