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Just can't seem to wake up, these days... - Paint It Black
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Just can't seem to wake up, these days...
I only just got out of bed a few minutes ago and, while waking up has never been a fast process for me, I'm annoyed to find that I'm tired and already thinking of how nice it would be to crawl back under the sheet. How can I be tired after sleeping for nearly 13 hours straight? Is it because I'm having all these whacked-out and unsettling dreams? Is it because I'm not actually sleeping through the night (I seem to be up and down anywhere from 2 to 5 times a night, depending on anything from the temperature in the house to the weather outside)? Is it something else entirely?

I'm a little unnerved to report that this trend has been following me for a while. I've spent most of my extended weekend sleeping. I've been cashed out on the bed or the couch anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day, for the last couple of days. I might sleep late in the morning, or if I get up at a regular time I find myself exhausted and taking a four hour nap in the late afternoon. I'm reminded of a time about three to four years ago when I was still living in Hoffman Estates... I was sleeping just as much, and it really threw me out of whack. I don't remember what I did to get back on a regular sleep schedule, but I'm going to have to do something about it if I want to be even remotely useful at work this week. It makes me exhausted simply thinking about the fact that this has been ongoing for well over three weeks now. I don't know how chebutykin does it.

shaddragon remarked that I should see a doctor about this, which is something fiskblack said a few months ago when something similar to this was going on. I loathe going to the doctor -- I haven't seen mine in over two years now and I'd like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to survive this much longer, so I might as well face the inevitable and see if I can't schedule an appointment for sometime next week (this week is going to be far too busy once work resumes). In the interim I think I'll go over to Meijer and pick up a sleep aid (perhaps Melatonin) to see if I can't make myself stay conked out tonight. Uninterrupted sleep might go a long way to fixing this problem.

Today I have set a minimal number of goals for myself: get recycling and trash ready for pickup tomorrow, do some laundry, clean the Expedition out (disgusting on the inside) and give it a wash and wax. I'll consider anything I accomplish beyond that to be frosting.

To all of those who are out celebrating the 4th of July tonight, be sure light a bottle rocket for me!

Somebody told me so

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Ecuador Manta - Por Un Dolar Mas

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fiskblack From: fiskblack Date: July 4th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Make sure you're eating enough, too. I find that when I'm sleepy, a good meal will often wake me up for the rest of the day. If you're on a diet, it could explain a lot of the fatigue.
rustitobuck From: rustitobuck Date: July 5th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I underscore the see a doctor part. I don't know what you've got, but I can say that disturbed sleep really messes up waking life.

Not only did I have sleep apnea treated, but right before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom.

Hopefully they'll send you to a sleep lab, where they'll observe your sleep directly one night. It's called a polysomnogram. They wire you up like something out of a sci-fi film and monitor your brain and heart function, breathing, leg muscle movements, eye movements, nasal air flow, and I may have forgotten something. Plus the tech observes you on a camera via infrared light to check for unusual movement during sleep.

Whatever is up, that much instrumentation will definitely give them a clue.

Good luck, and I hope you find better sleep soon.
gatcat From: gatcat Date: July 5th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I know several folks for whom Melatonin worked in spades. On their recommendation, I tried it to deal with my chronic insomnia. For whatever reason, though it did seem to help regularize my sleep schedule, I always woke feeling like I had not slept at all, and would spend the rest of the day very much a zombie. I have met one other person for whom this was so. I hope it (or something) works for your problem. I doubt my medicine would work for you: a liter of sangria sure helped me sleep well, but you hardly need more sleep than you're already getting.
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