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Monday, December 04, 2006

Stress

People handle stress in many different ways. I've always been the type of person that gets stressed out, heavily, for a minute or so (ok, maybe up to a few hours or so) and then it goes away. It's usually a "HERE IT IS!! STRESS!!" kind of moment, then I get over it, or deal with it and it goes away.

Or so I thought.

I've been having problems sleeping for the last few months, and this is something that is very uncharacteristic of me. I have always had the problem of not being able to fall asleep quickly, usually taking up to an hour or so to fall asleep. Yet, once I am asleep, I'm there, I'm out...until morning or until it's time to wake up.

I noticed tonight, meaning I'm actually thinking about it...that I haven't had a full night of interrupted sleep in over four months. I always wake up about 1-2 hours after initially falling asleep (which still takes up to an hour) and then I wake up an additional 3-4 times every night.

I see my clock every night:

12:30 am

2:46 am

4:15 am

5:55 am

6:30 am

8:15 am

Until I finally get out of bed.

The only time I DON'T see this are the nights where I fall into bed in a drunken stupor, which I will admit, is not as often as some people seem to think it is and that is not the answer to my problem that I'm looking for.

I will be seeing my doctor tomorrow and will talk to him about it, but I'm fearful of sleeping pills as I already have an addictive personality by my nature, so I'm scared of taking them to sleep, then really getting addicted to them.

So I started thinking of what could be causing it and I've come to 2 conclusions, one of which I don't think is it so I'm disallowing it, but would like to hear what others think.

1. Iced Tea - Caffeinated (sp?) I drink about 1/2-1 gallon of iced tea a day. While others would say, "Oh yeah, that's it, too much caffeine!" I have to beg to differ because I've been drinking this much tea for over 8 years. Unless there is some magical 'build up' of caffeine that happens, then I can't see this being the answer as my sleep patters have only changed in the last 4-5 months.

2. Stress - While I feel I handle stress well, and I don't feel stress when I go to sleep, perhaps my subconscience is trying to tell me otherwise? I do believe stress is something that CAN build up, unlike caffeine (IMO), so I find this to most likely be the answer.

Ah well...we'll see what the good old Doc says tomorrow.

In the meantime..um, good night??

5 Comments:

Blogger "MissT74" said...

Sorry wind, but some info hasn't been released to my blog although you may know of it from other sources, so I had to delete your comment.

HOWEVER, I agree with you, it just surprises me as I've never been the kind of person to let stress actually affect me, physically.

: )

3:22 PM  
Blogger Hot Rod said...

Tanya,
I too am one who has never had trouble sleeping, except for two times in my life. Once after spliting up with my fiancee of six years, and one just recently, after being fired from the best job Ive ever had. So, there ya go, sounds like Stress might be it, I know it is for me, my insomnia kicks in when Im super stressed. I now am lucky to get two hours a night, not healthy I know, but evenutally, it goes away.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

Hey Tanya, I am sorry you are having some difficulties there. One thing I might suggest is put the alarm clock in a position where you cant see the time. I have done this myself and it helps. I too have trouble sleeping at night. I am always thinking about something when I go to bed. But then there is the constant pain in my lower back and my left leg. The last 2 nights I have been waking up in the middle of the night. There are nights when my eyes are closed but I am not really sleeping. Thats kind of a strange feeling. And then theres nights when I fall right to sleep. I get 8 hours and wake up feeling like I never slept at all. I dont understand it. Recently I have started taking Tylenol PM before bed. That helps some but I still find myself laying in bed thinking about something thats actually been bothering me for years now. Anyway, keep us informed on what your doctor told you.

10:59 AM  
Blogger "MissT74" said...

Sorry Ansky, I only link to people I know and I don't allow spam on my blog. Thanks for reading though!

T

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