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Some Helpful Sleeping Tips

Dec 30, 2008 - 1 comments
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Insomnia



I have been plagued with sleep problems for as long as I can remember. No matter how tired I get, I cannot fall asleep on my own, so I am reliant on prescription medication. I’ve actually gone as long as five days without sleep, trying to get to sleep on my own, but by then I am so exhausted I can’t take it anymore so I give in and take the pills. Right now I’m on Seroquel and Amitriptyline for sleep and depression. I take 800MG of Seroquel and 100MG of Amitriptyline. Even with the medication, I sometimes have trouble falling asleep.

Because of my sleep issues, I had previously never gotten into a good sleep routine. I was going to bed and waking up at different times, sleep was restless and sporadic. I had also developed some poor sleeping habits, such as falling to sleep with the television on, etc. Getting good sleep was a nightly battle which I continuously lost .

I was browsing the internet looking for some help or advice and I came across a site selling a SleepTracker® watch. I’m not really sure HOW the watch works, but I can tell you that it’s changed my life. I am now going to bed at the same time every night and waking up on a regular schedule. The SleepTracker watch has been a true godsend.

One of the things I like most about the watch is that you can set an alarm time for when you want to get up and set a time window, such as 30 minute or so. The watch waits until the right time, within the window you set, to wake you up and the results are feeling refreshed and well rested. The watch also keeps track of your sleep via a software program, which is something helpful when discussing your sleep issues with your doctor – although you need to keep track of your sleep and almost awake times in a notebook because one of the flaws of the software is that you can’t print out any of the information or reports. Again, this watch has changed my life and has helped me to develop better sleep habits.

In addition to the watch, I have completely changed my sleep routines. I no longer eat heavy meals before bed, the television stays off, and I play a variety of relaxing CD’s meant to aid sleeping. My favorite CD thus far is called H2O. It’s a mixture of water sounds with very relaxing music. I set the disc to repeat and enjoy a full night of restful sleep.

Despite all the good things that the watch and new habits have had on my sleep, I’m still dependant on medication to get me to sleep. I hope that someday I’ll be able to break free from this cycle, but it’s possible that I’ll never be able to go off the medications.

I wanted to post this here for others that may be having similar problems. The watch isn’t perfect, and if you’re a sound sleeper you might not hear or feel the alarm (it beeps and vibrates). I am in no way affiliated with the company that makes the watches, I’m just a satisfied customer.

I hope this information is useful for others and I’d love to hear back from people regarding their sleep routine. Also, if anyone else either has, or gets, the SleepTracker watch, I’d like to get some feedback on that as well. I also HIGHLY recommend the CD “H2O” which is available from the solitudes website, and possibly in some stores. I know that Bed Bath and Beyond sell the CD as well.

Thanks for listening, and hopefully this post will help others.
Well Rested Sean

Hearing Voices

Dec 30, 2008 - 2 comments
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confusion

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confused

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voices

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hearing voices



Last night was rough on me, to understand you 'll need to read my previous "Sleepless in Seattle" post. When I went back to bed after writing my journal entry, I felt strange. I have a relaxing CD that I play all night long (it's called H2O and it's the most relaxing music I've ever heard). I could hear the music, but then I thought I could hear voices. Let me re-phrase that, I DID hear voices. I also experienced an array of emotions in addition to being in a confused state. Lassie laid up on the bed with me, and there were moments when I thought that Lassie was someone else.

I'm scared. I've never heard voices before, and the state of confusion and disarray was rather traumatic. I don't know what it was about last night, but I hope it never happens again.

Sean

Sleepless In Seattle

Dec 30, 2008 - 0 comments
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negative

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sleep

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friends

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Death



It's 10:09PM right now. I went to bed earlier, even took an extra dose of the medication I use to help me get to sleep, yet I'm wide awake; albeit exhausted. I just can't seem to get to sleep tonight, and it seems as though everything is going wrong.

I'm extremely anxious tonight, and my mind is spinning with all sorts of horrible and negative thoughts. After laying in bed for well over an hour, I decided to get up and mix up some mile and kahlua. As I was getting out bed, my dog (Lassie - yest she's a collie!) looked up at me and started wagging her tail. I laid down on the floor with her for several minutes, petting and talking to her. Then, out of the blue, comes the most depressing thoughts. I started to think how much I'm going to miss her when she dies; it will be an unbearable loss.

Lassie and I have been together for several years, I got her when she was just a puppy (the first dog I ever had as a puppy) I've also had Lassie longer than any other dog (I have had several other dogs, but had to get rid of them when I moved). Lassie and I have built up a bond that is indescribable. She's my best friend, and the thought of losing her brings me to tears. Lassie is still young and in good health, so there's no reason for me to believe anythings going to happen to her. But still, I know that the day will come, death is inevitable. I don't think I could go one living with out Lassie.

While I was crying in despair another thought came to mind; what about my parents. Again, they are both in good health, but it's just the knowledge that they will one pass away.

I have already suffered through so much. I often think about killing myself just so I won't have to deal with the loss of anyone, but that's selfish. I'm in pain, both physically and emotionally,  and I just can't take or handle any more pain.

The kahlua is starting to make me tired, so I think I'll try going back to bed.

Sean

Overwhelming Fatigue

Dec 23, 2008 - 1 comments
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Pain

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sleep

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cancers

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Lung

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medication

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Lung Cancer

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Sleep Apnea

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Depression

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Anxiety



I've lived with severe fatigue for at least five years now, or so I thought. Lately the fatigue has gotten worse, to the point where it's almost unbearable. The combination of lung cancer, pain, depression and anxiety are making even the simplest of things difficult.

In the past, my sleep hygiene was horrible. I went to bed at different times everyday, and woke up at different times. There was no pattern or sleep schedule. I also had developed some poor sleep habits; such as falling asleep to the television, eating before bed, etc. Sleep has been, and still is, difficult for me. I can't get to sleep without taking a large dosage of pills (800MG Seroquel & 100MG of Amitriptyline). I've tried many times to get to sleep without medication, and the result was horrible - I went four days without any sleep at all until I finally gave in and took the medications. It's also possible that I may have sleep apnea.

Thankfully, I've been able to develop some better sleep habits; no more television at night, nor any large meals. I also purchased a special watch called Sleep Tracker (www.sleeptracker.com). The watch provides detailed information regarding sleep patterns and keeps track of the total amount of actual sleep and all those moments where I was almost awake. The watch also wakes you up at the best possible time when you'll feel the most refreshed. In the morning, you upload the data to your computer which produces a graph. The watch has been a miracle device for me. I've also purchased a few sleep CD's which I play throughout the night, and I've noticed a remarkable difference in my sleep quality since using these CD's. My favorite CD to listen to at night is called H20 and is a combination of water sounds and gentle piano. It's very relaxing.

Finally, thanks to the Sleep Tracker, I'm now on a regular sleep schedule. I'm also feeling more refreshed in the morning, and am definitely seeing some patterns developing. I hope this information will help my doctors better understand my sleep issues.

Sleep aside, I'm still feeling tired and worn down almost every day. I have to push myself to do anything, it's a real struggle for me. Even taking a shower and getting dressed is huge undertaking. I think that my fatigue is adding to my depression and anxiety, which just causes me to be even more tired. I'm also extremely moody, and I've noticed that I angry at the smallest thing.

I'm literally tired of living like this. I hope that something changes soon, because I really don't know how much more of this I can take. It feels like I'm on the verge of completely collapsing.

If anyone reading this has any tips or ideas, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Thanks for reading,
Sean