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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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JAKENSAMSMOM 11/6/2013 6:10AM

    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

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SUSANBEAMON 11/6/2013 12:42AM

  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

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GEMLADYONE 11/5/2013 9:19PM

    Getting back to exercise may help your sleep...glad you're feeling better with food, too.

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WORTHEYMOM 11/5/2013 3:29PM

    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!

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NATPLUMMER 11/5/2013 12:36PM

    I'm sorry about the crappy sleep.
Yay for a nice run. Good idea to keep it short since it's been a while.


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HILLSLUG98239 11/5/2013 11:45AM

    "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

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PRINCESS_SOFI 11/5/2013 11:06AM

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