Insomnia Revisited

Here’s an update on my last post about insomnia. You’ll remember I was going to try altering my lifestyle to see if it would help me get some sleep. Well, I am here to tell you, it was a colossal failure. In fact, it is 12:43 a.m. as I write this.

I was so hopeful when I went to bed last night. Even though I was so tired during the day, I only rested a short time in the afternoon. I even sat outside later and watched my husband work in the yard. That always makes me tired watching him work. I settled down for sleep around 10:20 p.m. and woke up at what I thought must be my usual wake-up time of 3 a.m. After restlessly trying to go back to sleep, I finally gave up and got out of bed. I peeked under the towel that covered my digital TV clock and to my disgust I discovered the time was 11:39!! What the heck??

Every night since my last post I tried to improve my counterproductive ways before bedtime (no caffeine or snacks, no long naps in the afternoon, keeping the room as dark as possible). So far, it’s not working. Obviously, there must be more going on in my body preventing me from fully resting. I’m beginning to understand my cats a lot better lately (i.e. cat napping). But even they seem to get more prolonged sleep than I do.  My 15# cat, Tobey, is the epitome of “let’s lay around the house all day, do nothing, and still get 40,000 winks.”

So, checking an online MS site, they list helpful things to do to improve your lifestyle: eat a balanced diet, exercise, cool down, relieve stress…and get plenty of rest. Now, I would be happy to do that last one if I could.

I decided since I’m up anyway, I’ll finish this post, eat a 1:23 a.m. snack (what’s it going to do? Keep me up?) pay some online bills, organize my notes for a biography I’m writing, and generally tidy the house.

I’ll probably start to again get tired at about the same time my husband will get up for work. I’ll climb back into bed for 37 winks, get up and start my day all over again. I hope I don’t get excited at this prospect and have to cool down, too. I’ll then be batting only .200. Terrible stats.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 01:46:26

    I’m reading this at 1:30am, having awoken as usual. When I’m lucky, I am only up once or twice in the night (and that is with taking 1/2 a sleeping pill). When I’m not lucky, I am up 5 or 6 times. I’m convinced it’s an MS thing, because it is worse during exacerbations. And especially if there was any steroids given as treatment. I had steroids 3 months ago, so they shouldn’t still be affecting me. Right now, I just taker whatever sleep I can get, whenever I feel tired.


  2. Miss Jan's Words
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 09:07:09

    Omigosh! I bet if we knew others suffering this same trouble, we could get up a game of pinochle to while away the early morning hours! BTW, by the time 4:30 rolled around, my leg went into a spasm. I took a Motrin to see what would happen. At about six, I was OK enough to go back to bed and sleep for a couple of hours. Like you, I’ll take the sleep whenever I can.


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