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Days 7 & 8: Catch some zzzzs... and rethink your drink

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I have a little bit of a problem with the goal of getting more sleep. If I go to bed earlier than usual, I wake up way earlier than usual. I have a protruding disk in my neck from an accident some years ago, and if I spend too much time lying down, my neck and back start to bother me. Once I wake up, I have to get up. So going to bed earlier usually backfires for me and I feel more tired than usual. I usually go to bed at 10:00 and get up at 5:30. Usually I have no problem falling asleep, so I probably get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

I already rethought my drink when I started logging my food. I had been in the habit of drinking a Dr. Pepper each day, but I have managed to quit that. I drink a cup of hot tea in the morning and a glass of ice tea during the day. I used to drink much more than that, but have had some problems with GERD so have cut back. I do drink a couple of cups of grape juice a week Today I drank tea and water, then realized the challenge for today was to drink only water.

It is 9:3 and I keep dozing off even as I write. To bed I go.
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    I have sleep apnea, so I wear a CPAP which helps me sleep. I get to sleep quickly and I seldom wake up during the night. I just have aches and pains if I stay in bed too long. I might try some gentle yoga before bed. Perhaps it will loosen me up so I don't have the aches later. If I wake up achy, I can do stretches which help, but by then I am usually too awake to go back to sleep. So if I wake up anytime after 4:00, I might as well just get up. Thankfully that doesn't happen too often.
    2242 days ago
    I have had sleep issues for as long as I can remember. I did one of those sleep test where they hook all kind of wires to you and expect you to sleep so they can monitor you. That didn't help....just made me frustrated. I have tried different medications to no avail. The thing that seem to work best for me is yoga. I average 6 hours a night.

    Still a work in progress....sleep well my friend.

    2243 days ago
    hope you get a good night sleep
    2243 days ago
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