DP Challenge: To Sleep Perchance to Dream… “First the Sleep”

Prompt :Sleep is one-third of our lives: write a post about it. Do you love naps? Have trouble falling alseep? Wish you could remember your dreams? Remember something especially vivid? Snuggle under a blanket, or throw the windows wide open? Meditate on sleep.

I could not resist this suggestion for a post. It seems my life for the past two (plus) years have revolved so much about sleep… or mostly the lack thereof! I’m not going to rehash all the details, but the main one for so long was that I could not sleep laying down in bed, but had to sleep in a recliner, mostly for about 2-4 hours a night, and very broken sleep at that! Those issues were resolved with two surgeries; or so I had thought.

There are still some outstanding conditions that need to be cleared up, but they don’t really affect my sleep. This issue that does, is that because I went with only sleeping about 1-3 hours at a time for so long, my sleep cycle is all out of whack. My biological clock still wants to wake up every couple of hours, and that wouldn’t be so bad if I could go back to sleep.

Just to let you know, I have tried various medications that I wanted to be only temporary, until my body got the message that it’s okay and normal to sleep for 6-7 hours. But every time I try to stop the medications, I’m back to not going to sleep easily, and not staying asleep…whereupon eventually I get up because I can’t stand tossing and turning and watching the clock go around. Nobody wants to be addicted to sleeping medications, nor their doctors wanting it either. I did try also a natural melatonin, but had an adverse reaction to it and was told by my doctor not to take it anymore.

An added annoyance, which I have written about in length is that another condition is put back into action, when I awake from sleep and have to get upand that is Tinnitus! I wrote about this here if anyone is interested. Suffice it to say there is constant ringing/buzzing/other weird sounds, in varying  intensities. I will be finally seeing a doctor (ENT) specialist is June regarding this. I understand now there are possible treatments for this, as when I was first diagnosed approximately 20 years ago there wasn’t. It used to be just occasional and intermittent that it would come and go. Sometimes it would only be for a few days every few months, but it’s now been two years in various intensities that it has impacted my well-being. There is a short-term remedy that helps, previously in the blog I did on Tinnitus, but for the most part, it drives me CRAZY(crazier)

The main issue of course and most important is getting back a ‘normal’ sleep cycle, so that’s where for now I need help…..hopefully my doctor will have some suggestions…. Diane

This is what I call sleep Daisy was happy to see us home from our vacation

This is what I call sleep
Daisy was happy to see us home from our vacation



11 thoughts on “DP Challenge: To Sleep Perchance to Dream… “First the Sleep”

  1. oh wow this could have been written by me! Sleep is something that I have had such a hard time with for so long! 2 hours a night is about what I average. The tossing and turning, watching the clock. I get up and wander around and also have restless leg syndrome. I have also had tinnitus since I was 18 years old, I don’t notice it unless I think about it so I am thankful for that. But will be going over to read your post about that in just a second. I hope you can get some relief and get some good sleep real soon!


    • Oh isn’t it awful? It’s sometimes a wonder that the body keeps going but it does when needed. I have restless leg also, but I must say that the medication I was put on for that is wonderful. I take ‘Mirapex’ … I started at 25 mg years ago but eventually had to go to 75mg but have been on that dosage for several years and it does the job. I’m going to an ENT about the tinnitus in June… hopeful.. and I did see my doctor today and told her about the lack of sleep without the meds she gave me… She asked me why I hadn’t taken it every night if it helped and I said that I thought she would want me off it. She said she wasn’t worried.. that at my age and with what I had and was still going through to not be concerned about taking it… It was such a relief to hear her say it… She gave me another prescription for it…. I hope that you maybe could try something for relief, because you too need to get proper sleep…. Diane


  2. Sorry to hear you are still having problems. If it’s not one thing it’s another, right? Or maybe as one problem starts to resolve itself, the next one is waiting in line to get a turn! That’s the way it seems here anyway. Your hubby and kitty look so peaceful all snuggled up together! Got a definite AWWW from me.


  3. Brilliant I often look at Tibby now when she sleeps, such a small bundle of fur laying peacefully in her be. I wish I could do that. Instead of tossing and turning, scrunching up the blankets or fighting with the pillows. Time for the relaxation c.d. and of to sleep I go.


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