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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

well today is a good day to start my sleep journal.... i am off t onight... so my sleep/wake up times are off.. almost 2pm and still up... catching up on computer things... messages in here and watching burn notice on cloo...
for the most part i wake up on time... around 8pm every night.. the only nights it varys is when i get woke up suddenly and can't get back to sleep.. then i might sleep another 20 minutes... my time to get to sleep does vary... sometimes i get home from work late when i get home i have dinner to eat and lots of things on here to do... i have alot of things to change to get a better days sleep.. my biggest thing is sleeping with the tv on... i have always done that... i started that many years ago... low volume drowned out other noises both inside and outside my house..

jus got a comment on this blog... sorry i forgot to mention that i work nights... and have no choice but to sleep days.... and that makes it harder to get a good sleep..
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    Working nights... such abuse to your body. I worked 12 hr night shifts for about a year and I was either at work (eating) or asleep or waking up (to eat). I ate before I went to bed, if I woke up, at work, you name it, I found a reason to eat. During this time, I fell asleep on my way home more than once, or had to pull over to sleep. I totaled my car hitting a tree less than 500 yards from my house one time. Looking back, I believe Sugar was my culprit, also wonder if I had sleep apnea then (I just got diagnosed with it a couple years ago). I hope a sleep journal works. I used to fall asleep with the TV on and now looking back, think it just kept my mind active. Wonder if ear plugs would be a better choice and maybe a fan. Certainly the phone needs to be silenced. Just some thoughts. I also used to read murder mysteries and would dream and dream. So, now since I've chosen not to have TV (too expensive), and don't read murder mysteries, I play some solitaire on my phone (with the lights off) and when I get "dozey" I turn off my phone. Sleep so much better (but also on CPAP)... I hope you can discover some "tricks" to get adequate sleep!!!
    1830 days ago
    I can't imagine trying to manage a work schedule w/o sleep. I hope your sleep journal helps.
    1830 days ago
  • JILL313
    Betsy, Have you had this schedule for quite a few years? It must have been hard to get used to. . .I used to be a really good sleeper but not so any more. I'm lucky to get 5 hours sleep a night and sometimes less. I've never heard of a sleep journal. . .is that your idea to see your sleep/awake patterns? Not getting enough sleep can slow down our losing weight so it's important to get good sleep. Wishing you restful sleep and waking up with lots of energy. Take Care and let me know how the Sleep Journal works for you and maybe I should try it for myself. Take Care.


    1830 days ago
    Betsy, good luck! What time are you usually able to get to bed after you get home from work? I tried working nights a few times and I could never sleep. Some people prefer the "turned around" schedules and you must be one of them. LOL! How do you handle the days off? Do you manage to sleep at night then, or do you even try? I would be so mixed up! You're doing great, though!! Hugs, Jeannie
    1831 days ago
    Good luck on keeping your journal. Seems like I can never keep them up to date. Don't you just hate it when you finally get into a deep sleep and something happens to wake you up? I have a really hard time getting back to sleep whenever that happens. Hope you have a good day's sleep. Take care!

    1831 days ago
    I have days that i can not sleep or should i say nights . never sleep that late in the day when i do get to sleep .
    1831 days ago
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