Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sleepy

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I found myself sliding back into that lazy, sitting around all day, and not getting dress pattern that I was experiencing before.  I had a really good week before that, but probably let the bad news from the scale get to me a bit.  The fact that my husband was home for 5 days also sitting around and doing nothing helped me justify sitting around myself.  Now I'm trying to get back into the nice groove I found two weeks ago, but I'm struggling a bit.

For two nights in a row now I have not been able to fall asleep until after 4:00 am, which as you might suspect, leaves me feeling really tired and foggy the entire next day.  I took a walk yesterday and know I should do the same today, but damn.  I'm tired.

The progesterone cream doesn't seem to be making any difference.  After reading other women's experiences with using it I was hopeful that I would sleep better, not worse, and that I would experience more energy during the day.

I'm not giving up, though.  I have a healthy homemade soup on the stove
for me to eat for lunch for the rest of the week.  I'm going to keep trying to make better diet choices.  I'm going to get a little bit of exercise in today, and I'm going to hope for a better night's sleep tonight.

5 comments:

  1. I do find that getting some exercise helps you get to sleep. :) So getting dressed and going out to walk, or doing something that gets your heart rate up a bit, will probably help.

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    1. Exercise hasn't really helped with the sleep issue in the past, although it's something I need to do anyway for the other health benefits. I have a long history of insomnia, been to a sleep specialist, have done an overnight sleep study, tried many different sleep medications both over the counter and prescribed, including anti-depressants and every kind of natural supplement you can imagine. It's a tricky puzzle. The anti-depressant prescribed was amitriptyline, and it worked brilliantly, but it's not something you can take forever, and as soon as I stop the trouble returns. Plus last time I took it I developed involuntary muscle twitches that interfered with my sleep and scared me, so I haven't taken it since. I have magnesium citrate in my cupboard that I haven't taken for a while, so I'm trying it again tonight. Fingers crossed! lol

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  2. Yikes, that sounds like a really awful sleep issue. I used to have a lot of trouble sleeping, even when I was exercising 2-3 hours a day, so I know it isn't a cure-all. Eating better helped me, I'm sure exercise plays a role, and when I have trouble I take 5-HTP. However, as I say, I clearly never had it as bad as you do. Have you started using your daylight light? They say melatonin production is also a factor… Hope things improve soon!

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    1. Ah, no! I keep forgetting to bring my lightbox out. Thanks for the reminder. lol

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