I'll take sleep for 500!
Monday, January 14, 2013
For the past 5 or so years I have been like the grandmother in Golden Girls, having to get up 3 or 4 times a night to go to the bathroom. And I am not sure which makes me sound older - the bathroom trips or the reference to Golden Girls :)
I have a bladder condition where my bladder does not fully empty so it takes much less fluid to "fill me up". Add in sleep apnea and you have a wonderful list of reasons for not being able to sleep well at all.
As soon as my head hits the pillow I am in sleep mode almost immediately. I start to dream while I am still just falling asleep - not uncommon for those of us who are sleep deprived.
I tend to be a bit of a night owl but also can not sleep once it gets light outside the result being 5 hours of interrupted sleep every night is my usual, followed by an afternoon of feeling like I have to nap or I'll pass out.
This in turn is not good for controlling food intake, feeling like exercising or really doing anything. That requires some form of control.
This may seem ridiculous but yesterday I FINALLY made sure of several things.
- I made myself drink lots earlier in the day and stopped nearly all liquids after 5:00 p.m.
- I went to bed at 9:00 p.m.
The result? 8 hours of sleep with only one interruption. I woke up groggy and am still just getting my eyes open as I type BUT my brain works best just after I have woken up.
I have recently realised some of my inability to control food and do exercise is directly related to my sleep deprivation. When you are always tired you just do not have the same level of control.
I'd be interested to hear if others have similar issues and what remedies you have taken?