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Sorry to hear that you've been ill Martin. I've been away for several days myself because I tend to be flakey and lost my login information. Thanks for rescuing me, by the way. 😛
My insomnia has never taken control of my life and it's not continuous, but is still a source of annoyance and frustration. My sleeplessness seems to have more physical causes than many of our members here. I'm plagued with arthritis in my left knee and nighttime leg cramps. Lately, however, I have been doing some experimenting and have slept better these last few weeks than I have in years. 🙂
The only prescription medication I take is celebrex for my knee, but I also take up to eight Bayer extra strength Asprin for back and body which contains 32.5 mg of caffeine each. 😮 I started taking my last two aspirin about four hours before bedtime and have stopped drinking anything with caffeine by late afternoon. I have also been drinking a lot more water through the day which seems to be helping with the leg cramps. I have also started having a snack right before going to bed which also seems to help. I'm still waiting until I'm dead on my feet before crashing, but I feel like I'm making a little progress. 🙂
Has a doctor ever suggested that you have narcolepsy?
You might want to take a look at this –
It kind of sounds like what happened at Sobey's. 😕
While I've been watching much of the U.S. getting slammed by snowstorms, I thought I would post a few photos of the kids I took this past weekend.
This is called us trying to embrace an Alberta winter. 😛
This was taken on the hill behind our house –
This is my seven year old taking skiing lessons –
And this was taken last Sunday at Elk Island National Park when my daughter, son and I went snowshoeing (the red things are snowshoes) –
Welcome Mike! I think what I have noticed the most (and liked the best) about this site, is how kind and supportive everyone is. Maybe it's that misery loves company thing, or more than likely it's that Martin was really good at choosing who became members. But whatever it is, I hope you will feel comfortable enough to continue to share with us. 🙂
Thanks for your Twitter name. I'm GHWatcher and I'm off to go follow you! 🙂'mspeekay' wrote on '09:
Being single, I'll probably just crawl under the duvet!
You need to be in Canada. I don't get the feeling that Valentine's Day is being rammed down my throat here like it is in the U.S. In fact, Safeway is still selling a dozen long-stemmed roses for $14.99. I can't even find those over-priced Valentine's paper plates and napkins for my son's school party anywhere. 😕
When I was single and didn't have a boyfriend on Valentine's Day, I always did something nice for myself, like buy a too expensive pair of shoes or take a quick weekend trip somewhere or even buy myself flowers. I never understood the logic of getting cheated out of something I wanted just because there was no one around to give it to me. 😛
That is incredibly sad. Words at a time like this always seem to fail so I'll just give you this –'IvanAleisterMesniaa' wrote on '05:
“Chronic insomnia lasts for years at a time. It can be caused by another disorder, or it can be a primary disorder. Its effects can vary according to its causes. They might include sleepiness, muscular fatigue, hallucinations, and/or mental fatigue; but people with chronic insomnia often show increased alertness. Some people that live with this disorder see things as if they are happening in slow motion, wherein moving objects seem to blend together. Can cause double vision”
Mine is from my chronic insomnia. It seems to be random times to tell you the truth. I've had the double vision and alerness and when objects blend together as well.
I've read about this and apparently it's a fairly common symptom (although no less scary) in severe cases.
I can't imagine how frightening that must be. I think if I experienced anything that made me feel like I wasn't in control, I would hustle myself over to a sleep disorder clinic.'mspeekay' wrote on '03:
I'm having a bad day today – depression triggers all around me and getting exhausted fighting them. I know I will have no problem at all falling asleep but I don't expect to stay asleep more than 3 hours tonight. Maybe the expectation of that happening is one thing preventing me from staying asleep, who knows?!
Yep. I thinks it's called a self-fulfilling prophecy. We expect something to happen and it does.
I used to be a long distance runner before I schmucked up my knee. When I was training for marathons, my coach would harp on one training tool in particular. He would have me close my eyes and go over every detail of the race all the way until I saw myself sprinting across the finish line. I honestly don't know if it improved my time or performance but I know it never hurt. 😛 So, maybe as an experiment, you could go through each tiny detail of your bedtime ritual slowly in your head all the way to you sleeping soundly through the night and see what happens. 😉
What a fascinating read and what an interesting bunch!
I lived in the same house on Long Island until my parents moved to Naples, Florida when I was a senior in college. Once I was on my own, I took every possible opportunity to travel, mostly through Mexico and Central and South America. I was living in Houston when I got married and moved to Edmonton, Alberta. From there we lived in Venezuela for two years and Singapore for two years. While we lived in Venezuela (which was extremely difficult) we travelled twice a month to Aruba to buy groceries. We took advantage of our time in Asia and travelled to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Our favorite place to visit was Perth, Australia. We have also taken vacations to the Bahamas, Bermuda and St. Croix.
One trip I don't recommend was a five week train trip through eastern and western Europe with my mother-in-law. 🙄 We made stops in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Geneva, Paris, Lourdes, Vienna, Prague and Warsaw.
We have been back in the Edmonton area since July. One Sunday in December, it had the dubious distinction of being the second coldest spot on the planet after a God forsaken spot in Siberia. 😮
I'm kind of over Canada and hope by July we'll be back in Houston. 😛'mspeekay' wrote on '02:
My main trigger is stress/anxiety. I currently have psychotherapy sessions on a Friday (only 2 more though!!) and Thursdays are usually my worst night for sleep. As others have said, the problem isn't usually falling asleep, it's staying asleep. If I'm going through a bad patch then I will sleep for 3 hours and then wake for hours and not sleep again until it's a normal getting up time. On occasions like that I have no problem sleeping during the day, which then makes the night situation worse!
I always wake up in the early hours if I set my alarm for, say, 7 or 8 am. I guess that's anxiety related too.
That's exactly it for me – when I can't go back to sleep I realize I'm in for an awful day. I drag my behind around worrying that if I take a nap, it will be that much worse that night. Such a slippery slope. 😮
Wow, that's an awful lot for anyone to handle.
I've had this pattern of waking up in the middle of the night for years, but whenever my husband isn't home, I can always count on hardly sleeping at all.
Have you noticed, aside from the trauma of the accidents and the bad meds, that sleep deprivation is a much bigger issue when your husband is deployed?
If I take a hot shower, brush my teeth and do whatever and am all set to sleep, if I sit in a chair near my bed and either flip through a magazine or grab a book I'm not too interested in and listen to either Anders Holst or Tom Gaebel playing softly, as soon as I feel myself nodding off, I crawl into bed and I'm out like a light. My problem is STAYING asleep. 😮'mspeekay' wrote on '01:
Hi Bobbie, good to meet you. I know what you mean about taking sleep medications – I can't even take them in the evening because they knock me out for the next day (maybe I'm on the wrong ones though – that's a whole new topic!!)
I think you just found a new topic for the insomnia thread! I tried tylenol pm once and it was a total disaster. I could barely function for almost a full day. 😮'LindsayK' wrote on '01:
Nice to meet you, Bobbie! You must the laundry person on Twitter. lol
Infidelqueen – is that you?? 😕
Yep – it's GHWatcher – always doing laundry in the wee hours. 🙄