Oh Sleep, How I Miss Thee

Last modified on August 22nd, 2008

I’ve hardly slept at all this last week, and I feel like absolute garbage. I don’t know what my problem is, but I spend most nights just tossing and turning. They had a bunch of free liquor at work today and I could hardly bear the thought of drinking any of it because I was so bagged. I got home tonight and promptly passed out on the couch. Of course, given my stupid body, I woke up every 30 minutes or so, and didn’t really get any rest.

I’ll be honest — the only time I’ve had a decent sleep in the last year is when I was pounding back Oxycontin tablets after my first surgery. It was the first time in ages I remember putting my head on the pillow and just falling into a deep sleep for more than a few hours at a time. To be honest, the dulling of every sensation in my body during that period was a welcome change from how I feel right now. Despite hardly sleeping at all this week, my brain has been racing non-stop. I woke up in the middle of the night last and called a co-worker in Thailand to pitch a bunch of ideas I had while my brain was working overtime in the night. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Obviously using Oxycontin or codeine isn’t an option to battle a sleeping problem, but that week I spent after my surgery catching up on sleep was the only time I’ve felt completely rested in years. As soon as I have some time I’m going to get a referral to a sleep clinic and see if there’s something physically messed up with me that’s causing me to toss and turn. I have a bottle of zopiclone here that I used to dip into once and a while to sleep, but it makes me feel like garbage and I don’t like taking it.

4 responses to “Oh Sleep, How I Miss Thee”

  1. Sebrina says:

    I feel your pain. I pretty much never sleep. I never feel rested. I’m the lightest sleeper I know. It makes me grumpy sometimes.

    I hope you are able to get some sleep, Duane.

  2. Sarah-Renee says:

    As this last year has probably been the roughest year of my life to date, sleep in 2008 has not been easy. So unfortunately I feel your pain. I have no recommendations, no suggestions. I offer only camaraderie. Whatever keeps us unwilling insomniacs awake is different for each person. Despite the cause, you’re not alone. I wish you luck!

  3. I feel your pain. I’m a chronic worrier and tend to sleep poor at times. Zopiclone makes me itch and gives me a rash. Here are some tips that have helped me:

    1) no computering, tv, or anything electronically stimulating after 8
    2) no coffee after 3
    3) drastically cut my alcohol intake
    4) I exercise every day to the point of exhaustion
    5) I wear a sleeping mask and ear plugs
    6) I write down everything on a todo list before going to bed
    7) I take a hot shower before bed
    8) I experimented with the temperature in my bedroom until I found something comfortable
    9) I stopped keeping my phone in the bedroom

    That’s what comes to mind at the moment. Good luck.

  4. Rosie says:

    I’ve been seeing a hypnotherapist, and I think you ought to give it a whirl!

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