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Thoughts On Sleep

First, I think I'm finally "caught up" on my sleep. I feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, ready to attack the day. I'm brewing up a big ol' cup of Irish Breakfast tea, which I'll enjoy with a spoonfull of locally produced honey. So that's good and everything.

Now I've got another thought on sleep that's been banging around in my head for a while. See, I really don't get enough sleep. I make do with what I get, and every now and then just kinda crash and catch back up with a normal(ish) schedule. Some nights, even when I go to bed, I can't get to sleep -- my mind is still racing, and just needs to calm down before it will let my body go to sleep.

It's times like that when I think about the possibility of looking into getting some sleep aids. There are several OTC options like Tylonol PM, Advil PM, or even just Benedryl. There's also a slew of prescription options, which I see advertised on television from time to time. But here's the thing that gets me when I see those advertisements -- they almost always include a disclaimer. "Before taking XXX, be sure that you have a full 8 hours to devote to sleep." Now, that's the problem -- I usually don't have 8 hours. What I want is something that will help me make the most of the 6 hours that I devote to a night's sleep. I simply don't want to give those other two hours up for sleeping. So, whenever I find myself contemplating sleep aids, I go back to the thought that if I followed their instructions and devoted 8 hours to sleep, I probably wouldn't need the aid.

*shrug* That's just how it is for me right now.


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Jun. 1st, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you're trying to do too much in a day. If you tried to do less, your mind would probably shut down easier, and you'd find it easier to get to sleep.

If your body needs that extra sleep, you should probably "give those other two hours up for sleeping."
Jun. 1st, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
My body doesn't need that extra sleep, it just really wants it. ;-)
Jun. 1st, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Before taking XXX, be sure that you have a full 8 hours to devote to sleep

Dosage control. Do not shun modern sleep aids. They have kept me sane. And once you know how your body reacts, you can adjust the dosage. Giving up two additional hours once or twice (which may not even happen) to kick insomnia's ass is a tiny price to pay.

FWIW, I'm far groggier in the morning if I've taken Benadryl than Ambien.
Jun. 1st, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
You might try a "Valerian and Hops" supplement. I use the Nutrilite brand because I get 'em wholesale. They smell very strong (all good supplements do) but they sure work and no 8 hour warning. Here's a blurb from an ad:

What's better (and better for you) than a good night's sleep? If you occasionally have trouble with sleeplessness, try NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops. Valerian and Hops is a safe, natural way to get the sleep you need. With clinically significant, standardized levels of valerian, it helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep – instead of counting sheep.
Trust NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops – it's a proprietary NUTRILITE blend of natural plants, including:

450 mg valerian extract standardized to 0.8% valerenic acid, which has been clinically proven to help promote sleep and improve sleep quality.
150 mg valerian whole root, which supports normal sleep while providing additional phytonutrient benefits.
100 mg hops extract helps support normal sleep and relaxation.
150 mg lemon balm extract for a mild calming effect.
100 mg Citrus Bioflavonoid Concentrate.

Just a suggestion.
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is a magic potion that let you get more rest in less time. Suck it up and put in the extra two hours. Its worth it physically and mentally. I keep reading that getting enough sleep is really important if you are exercising and/or trying to loose weight. The only way to get enough sleep is to put in the time.

Having said that, I've used CVS sleeping pills every now and then. I usually try to eat something when I take the pill, because that seems to help make it work. I always feel groggy the next day and dehydrated for a day or two. I don't like using them, but they were very useful when I had wack schedules. I think that's where they're useful. It isn't for people who don't make the time, its for people who have the time, but their bodies won't fall asleep.

What I like to do is go to bed nine hours before I need to wake up. This usually doesn't happen, but that's what I try for. That gives me some time to read or just let my brain unwind.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
you are possibly cutting time off your lifespan with lack of sleep.

personally it is an area that i cannot compromise on. if i don't get enough sleep then i am irritable and cannot function at full capacity. that plus knowing my lifespan would be affected by consistent sleep deprivation are all the motivation i need to make surei get enough sleep for me, which is at least 8 hours. some people of course need less and some need more.
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