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 up… and 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