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Always tired

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Lately, I am always tired. I just feel like I dont sleep very well at nights. Very restless, waking up constantly. I bought a new alarm clock a few weeks ago that projects the time onto the ceiling so I dont even have to turn and look at the clock to see what time it is when I wake up - usually around midnight, if I go to sleep around 9pm. And again around 3am. Blech. I've been taking OTC sleeping pills (generic for unisom) on nights where I'm really struggling and sometimes that doesnt help. I even worked out yesterday so I figured my body would be tired. I was tired. I am just not getting the kind of stress-free sleep that I think I really, really need.

I mentioned it at therapy yesterday - this is recurring for me. I will be thinking (obsessing) over something - anything - and it makes it so much harder to fall asleep. I think my therapy has helped me in some ways to not feel like I MUST be the hero for my clients and make everything in their lives better. I am starting to have a more realistic, healthy view of my role, which is extremely important in managing my work stress. Now I just want to learn how to not be so obsessive. Especially when it affects my sleep. But I think that might me where my therapy takes me next so hopefully I can get some relief there, too.

Like I mentioned early - I worked out yesterday! In fact, I ended my 1.5 month running hiatus! emoticon Its been really cold lately - around the 30s and expecting snow today. I opted to run on the treadmill. On top of the cold weather, its also extremely windy (my wreath flew off my door the other day!) so I was not going to break the running hiatus with a windy, cold run. The treadmill was definitely a much better option. I did a 5 min walking warm-up, and then run/walk intervals for 2 miles. 4:1 were my intervals. My avg pace was 12:30 per mile, so nice and slow and comfortable. I felt like I could have kept going with my intervals, but I hadnt run in 1.5 months so I wanted to take it easy. After finishing 2 miles, I then walked 1 more mile on a 5% incline for a total of 3 miles yesterday in 42 minutes. My thighs were shaking! But it felt great and sweaty. And most of all, it was pain-free! Apparently, listening to my body when I started feeling pain and taking some rest and doing leg ST really made a difference. emoticon

Tonight I have my hip hop dance class - our teacher is out tonight so we'll be having a sub so who knows what we'll end up doing.

The food I cooked over the weekend has been delicious. I've been feeling full and satisfied, snacking less, and no bloating or gas which is a nice change. I am already looking at recipes to cook for next week, and I found a recipe online for gluten free, dairy free chocolate oatmeal pancakes, which I am excited to make this weekend!

I need to finish my powerpoint slides for tomorrow's presentation. So that's what I'll be focusing on today. Tomorrow I have a presentation in the morning at the Air Force Academy, and then the afternoon I have my GI follow-up appt so I think I will be out of the office the entire day. I think we have a holiday next Monday too, so at least a 3-day weekend will be nice, and hopefully help me catch up on some restful sleep!
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    I noticed you blog title when I went to look at the Disney Distance team. Did you find a solution? I am having a similar problem. I've tried Melatonin but my muscles ache the next day . Let me know how you are doing
    1086 days ago
    I had a spell of bad sleep in my early 40's for no good reason and i was always tired. found out i had entered perimenopause, that 5 years period before menopause marked by night sweats, bad sleep, depression, and hot flashes. my only other time with bad sleep was caused by pain
    1087 days ago
    Getting back to exercise may help your sleep...glad you're feeling better with food, too.
    1087 days ago
    Have you been doing your yoga? When I do it, I feel more at peace and relaxed. I don't know what it is but I sure do sleep better when i do it. Hope you can get some good sleep soon!
    1087 days ago
    I'm sorry about the crappy sleep.
    Yay for a nice run. Good idea to keep it short since it's been a while.

    1087 days ago
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    "I think my therapy has helped me in some ways to not feel like I MUST be the hero for my clients and make everything in their lives better. "

    I'd call that a significant breakthrough. I had a similar epiphany when I was in therapy. My therapist asked me, "What gives you the right to decide what's right for other people?" She had a talent for poking at things until I dealt with them.

    I still struggle with that, but decades later I've come to accept that I can't save all the puppies in the pound, and quite frankly, some of them deserve to be there. emoticon
    1087 days ago
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