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Insomnia... Part 2


Friday, March 15, 2013

Well it hit me again last night. I did get to sleep around 3:30am, so it was a little better than the night before, but it still sucked. Ugh. I hate the way I feel the next day. I am hoping to get to sleep earlier tonight. Here's hoping....

I have still managed to lose another pound, so I have made my 5% loss for the 5% challenge. Now I just have to keep it off, and possibly work on getting to my ultimate goal weight. Hopefully taking it easy this week, then kicking it back into gear next week works for me. I might not even make my calorie burn goal this week. That hasn't happened in a very long time. That is okay... I am not perfect. I will just get myself back on track and move forward from there.

I really want to get some sleep tonight though...
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PROVERBS31JULIA 3/17/2013 12:10AM

    Warmmmm hot baths. I rarely shower except to wash my hair (mostly because we only have one shower upstairs that's really set up to shower with.)... and after a workout, I put big handfuls of Epson Salts (fairly cheap... if I want it all pretty smelling, I sprinkle in some lavender oil.) and very often I also put in some baking soda (we have hard water so that lowers the hardness somehow.). The Epson salts have magnesium in them, and the hot water opens your body pores and the magnesium passes through skin to help muscles relax. Calcium makes muscles contract, magnesium makes muscles relax.

That's your mantra... relax! relax! Oh and Lavender helps you relax. There are many relaxing herbal teas like SleepyTime or similar names depending on the brands you buy (and Celestial Seasoning is only one brand of herbal tea.)... they might have ingredients such as lavender, passionfruit, valarian, st johns wort, various ones, I can't think and I'm falling asleep now....

Sometimes if I'm achey or tired after working out but still so wound up I can't sleep, I'll eat something "creamy" - in the olden days, a half-gallon of ice cream... but these days, yogurt, cottage cheese, lots of healthy alternatives. There again, the foods have some calcium & magnesium in the right proportions to help rebuild the muscles and at the same time relax the muscles.

Oh... and I have to get away from the computer and put the smart phone down, or I will be up till 1-2 am so I'm actually kinda familiar with this part of the territory! (and I've been known to pull all-nighters but it's hard to do as I get older!!).

Lavender's really good... if it's in a grain alcohol based, then you can slip a drop or two in your water etc to drink it, or like a tea. Or if its' the cheap kind with wood alcohol base, then you can rub it like on the soles of your feet, palms of your hand, and take deeeeeeeeep breaths inhaling it a couple times (don't want to smother in it - just a little dab will do ya!!).

Sweet dreams!!

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Julia

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POLYANNA2 3/16/2013 12:57PM

    emoticon on meeting your 5% goal. Keep working on getting the required sleep, leave no stone unturned, because it affects every aspect of your life.
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KARIDIAN1 3/15/2013 11:17PM

    I was dragging today also. Could be the weather?

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COCK-ROBIN 3/15/2013 10:49PM

    You're doing good.

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MNABOY 3/15/2013 10:03PM

    Congratulations on goal achievement! Keep on kicking.

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GOING-STRONG 3/15/2013 8:17PM

    I take a non-prescription "sleep aid" from Costco every night. I get to sleep easily, sleep more restfully and wake without feeling drugged. You might give it a try.




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DEE1221 3/15/2013 7:52PM

    I can relate with not sleeping. I've had a sleep study done, took a prescription sleep medication (which worked but became dependent on it very fast), weaned myself off that and back to not sleeping! When you find a good solution, let me know.
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Great job with the 5% loss. That I can't relate to. But I'll keep trying

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COLLEENROSTE 3/15/2013 6:11PM

    do yo try a nighttime relaxation routine? my favorite is to put my pj's and blanket in the dryer, set the timer for 30 min then head for a nice warm shower.. by the time the water has worked on my muscles for 20 minutes I am pretty relaxed- then I climb into the warmed covers (snatched from dryer before the cool down cycle starts)...How can you tell I live in a winter city and have a house? anyway the warm blankie finishes me off and I'm usually asleep within 10 minutes. I do save it for the times that sleep eludes as I don't think it would be effective if I did it everyday emoticon

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SHARON10002 3/15/2013 5:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on meeting your weight loss goal for the 5% challenge already! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2013 5:34PM

    Way to go on the 5%! I also think it is good you are cutting yourself some slack rather than taking the chance of burning out. A break once in a while can be reenergizing!

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TXTOAD9970 3/15/2013 3:48PM

    You need a sleep aid. I usually take Tylenol PM - it works wonders for me. Or you might even try Sominex or another OTC sleep aid. Take it early, don't wait to take it in the middle of the night when you figure out you can't fall asleep.

Congratulations on meeting your weight loss goals. You're doing awesome! Keep up the great work!
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BIGPAWSUP 3/15/2013 3:46PM

    Do you have any idea what it throwing you off? What is different?

I hope you can fix this quickly.

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