Sleepless in the Poconos

There was a time in my life when I subscribed to the motto, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” The idea behind this of course, is an over exaggerated way of declaring an inexhaustible level of energy and tireless work ethic.

 

Working hard of course is honorable and is still a quality I pride. Unfortunately, sleep, the all-important necessity for good physical, mental and emotional health has been lacking in my life for years now.

 

Around 40% of adults in this country do not get the proper amount of sleep.

Doctors recommend – between 7 and 8 hours a night.

 

I was, and still am, one of the adults included in this statistic, albeit for different reasons now.

 

Sleep was something I could do whenever and wherever I had an appropriate opportunity. My daily routine consisted of me waking up in the morning quickly getting ready to head to the gym. I would walk to the bus only to snuggle into a window seat in order to make myself comfortable to catch another hour of sleep. More than often Mr. Sandman would visit before we made it to the second bus stop only a few blocks away.

 

Falling or staying asleep was never a problem for me. That was, until I became blind.

 

Have you ever experienced that moment when you find yourself turning over in the middle of the night searching for that more comfortable position enabling you to fall back into a soothing sleep? If you’re fortunate, you probably don’t really ever think about this, because you do return to a dream state.

 

The problem begins when you realize, you are finished sleeping and it’s only 2:30 or 3 AM. This is really upsetting when it becomes a nightly routine.

 

So called remedies like, Sleepy Time tea, warm milk, or hot baths were not helpful. I later learned of Melatonin. I found it necessary to cycle Melatonin with Tylenol PM on a weekly basis. These really help me stay asleep for a solid 5 hours. I was somewhat satisfied and learned to manage the ever present desire to nap.

 

Check out this video describing a similar experience to my own.

 

I recently decided to participate in the Non 24 hour Sleep Wake Study.

 

Last week I was informed that I qualified for the clinical trial of the drug to aid this sleep disorder.

 

I can’t tell you how much I hope this is going to be an effective solution to this problem.

 

My concentration level has been extremely low. A lacking appetite and what seems to be a decrease in taste. Add short term memory loss and you have the motivating factors moving me to participate.

 

Last night was my first time on the drug. There was an obvious improvement in my sleep, but whether that is due to the medicine or something else remains to be seen. The total quality of my sleep was not much different, but I was able to fall back to sleep when I awoke in the middle of the night. I spent less time awake during the night, but I was still groggy in the morning.

 

As I write this in the late afternoon, I’m feeling like I need a nap, but not as badly as say this same time a week ago.

 

I am looking forward to reporting positive results, but even more importantly I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep!

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