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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?

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  • AMYB1985
    David, your blogs always seem to be so appropriate to my own situation and very well-timed. While I don't suffer from all of your symptoms I too suffer from a form of sleep deprivation. And I oftentimes get only 4-5 hours of sleep. I haven't had control of my eating and my exercise has been nonexistent. I KNOW I need to get adequate sleep to be on track, and yet I never go to bed before 11, and frequently (as tonight) cannot even sleep until 1:00 or later. I then am so exhausted that I take a long afternoon nap,which only makes the situation worse. I'm going to make a conscious effort to go to bed earlier and reestablish some control in my life. Thanks for inspiring me again today.
    1882 days ago
    Many more happy slumbers to you.

    a Former emotional eater,
    cancer survivor,
    grandmother to a seriously ill granddaughter,
    wife to a heart patient,
    (yet you'd never know it to look @ us)

    Spark on!!!!
    1889 days ago
    Unfortunately, I have not had the problem. I am occasionally tired BUT I still manage to exercise.
    1889 days ago
    Hi David, I did the same thing except for depriving my self from a drink just befoere bed
    (I need to take several Meds) and it also works for me .. We must get at the very least 7 hours of sleep, in order for the body to rst and recharge batteries(so's to speak) . I have got my self into 8 hours most nights sometimes more.. I wake up early, refreshed and ready to walk Bobby.
    1889 days ago
    Yes David, you do need 8 hours of sleep per night. I have the same problem that I get 3 or 4 times per night to go to the toilet. Not good.
    1889 days ago
  • FLOWER1967
    Isnt it amazing how lack of sleep can affect you in soooo many ways !! Yeah....i have a Kmart bladder.... Its rubbish. I try not to drink anything after 5pm so that i dont do the nightly bathroom run. I think ur on the right track with drinking lots of water water during the day and going to bed early. You need to retrain your bladder and your your brain. Get them into a new 'routine'. Keep that up for a couple of weeks and see how you go. emoticon
    1889 days ago
  • JEAN111766
    Glad you are recognizing your obstacles... great step in the right direction!
    Having a good night of sleep makes all the difference in the world!!!
    1889 days ago
    I totally agree with you that being tired is a major obstacle. Small steps that you are taking will help you overall. When you get enough sleep you wake up energized and you will have more energy throughout the day, a morning workout would be great for you to incorporate, it will give you a lot of extra pep in your step for the whole day. Don't eat a large meal before going to bed, that helps too. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with a 9:00 bedtime, I do it every night, nothing but trash on tV after 9:00 anyway, lol. Hang in there and keep at it, going to bed early takes time to make a habit, don't give up.
    1889 days ago
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