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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.


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.

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