Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Ok, we don't have kids. We don't have yardwork to do, and no one is going to school for the time being. Our life is pretty simple, after all it is just the two of us and 3 crazy cats.

But I seem to have a weird sleep schedule and I don't know what to attribute it to. I have overly colorful, extrememly vivid dreams, and often wake up once an hour but go right back to sleep. I wake up exhausted, whether having slept a full 8 hours or a measley 5 or 6 hours. Matt suggested I start working out when I get home to get my juices flowing. It's not a bad idea - I know Cindy does it and she says it releases quite a bit of stress from her day and seems like a good way to spend that transition time between work self and home self.

I do know that I need to see the doctor about these horrible allergies that I have (which could be a small cold, who knows, it's hard to tell the difference) that lead to me not being able to breathe properly...and maybe I'll bring up the subject of sleeping pills while I'm at it.


Cindy said...

O.K. Waking up every hour or two at night is not normal or healthy. You should not probably go see a doctor. You should definitely go see a doctor. Your doctor can help you find out what is causing the problem and help you come up with a solution to solve the problem.

Don and I have both used prescription sleeping pills in times when we really needed them and they were a lifesaver.

Also, when I was having back pain and got to the point that it was bothering me so much at night that I couldn't even stay in bed because it hurt so bad, so we went out and bought the most comfortable bed we could find regardless of the price. I will admit, it was a bit of an impulse buy but it was the best investment we ever made. I cannot tell you how drastically it improves the overall quality of your life to get solid consistent sleep every night and wake up feeling rested.

I'm not saying that you have to go out and buy a bed or get sleeping pills, but more generally that there are solutions to help you with your sleeping problem and it is worth seeking help. So don't wait any longer to make that appointment!

Jenny said...

Too much caffiene through-out the day (can include lots of chocolate), too much wine in the evening (my biggest vice before baby), not enough fresh air during the day, inconsistant sleep/wake schedules can all contribute. Perhaps tweeking there a bit might help you as well.

I'd suggest Ambian for a sleeping pill on the occasion you might need one. The are non-habit forming and pretty gentle.

Oh, and if you've been taking lots of OTC stuff for your cold/allergies (like pseudoephedrine) that can mess with sleep cycles also.

Kristy said...

I hope that you haven't developed an alergic reaction to all of your cats! Growing up we always had pets, cats included, but when I was away at college I adopted a kitten and suddenly developed severe asthma, which I never experienced before. Since then, I've had horrible cat allergies. Luckily, dogs don't seem to bother me much, so I have happily transitioned to a "dog person." I still love cats, but can no longer live with them. There are things you can do to help minimize the allergies, but in the long run it is best for me in my situation to not be around cats in my living space.