The Endless Spiral

Last modified on February 6th, 2008

Throughout my life, I have always had a hard time sleeping in the evenings. Although in the odd instance I can put my head on the pillow and wake up in the morning refreshed, most evenings I not only have trouble falling asleep, I have a hard time staying asleep.

While I have gotten used to not sleeping very well (during the eight years I was in university staying up late and getting up early was a requirement), this week has been particularly difficult for some reason. On average I think I’ve had about three hours of sleep an evening, and I find myself running completely on fumes during the days. I’ve dropped my caffeine intake to try and counter it, but it’s not making much of a difference. Last night I took a mild sedative to try and help, but it was like throwing paper into the wind. Needless to say I’m going to do my best to sleep in this weekend and get my sleep schedule back on course.

In other news, it was just announced that Heath Ledger’s death was accidental, the result of combining several prescription medications together. It’s pretty sad so many media outlets and shows (Entertainment Tonight almost shot themselves in the head last week by attempting to air a video that they were hoping would make Heath look like a drug user – but Hollywood nearly boycotted the show for doing so) basically assumed he ODed on non-prescription drugs.

It was just a tragic accident, the result of some guy simply trying to get some sleep.

4 responses to “The Endless Spiral”

  1. Eva says:

    Sometimes problems like this could be a sign of some underlying problem. Now, I’m not an expert in the field, but when in doubt and if it continues, then maybe an appointment with a health professional to find out what’s going on is on order.

    That said, I’ve occasionally had problems sleeping too. Sometimes its due to having too many things going on in my head that I cannot mentally relax and fall asleep. Perhaps you’ve had a lot on your mind?

    In any case, I hope you get that good night’s sleep!

  2. James says:

    I too have suffered with sleep problems most of my life. I cant remember a time in my life where I have had a full nights sleep and when I have woken rested and refreshed. I have always been reluctant to take medication to help me sleep, as I have always been afraid it would become a habit. So I have like you gotten used to wading through the day in a foggy haze…..Geeee if i got a good sleep each night just think of what I could accomplish.

  3. Suzie says:

    I used to suffer from insomnia….I am not kidding but I went into “Green Earth”, a new age type store in ON and bought myself a Himilayan rock salt lamp. They’re supposed to release negative ions into the atmosphere that help /w insomnia and other things. Even since I bought it…if I actually go to bed I’m out like a light in no time. Put the computer down and stop thinking 🙂

  4. A friend of mine had similar problems, which turned out to be sleep apnea. Had significant surgery this fall to open his airway and correct it, and says that he has been sleeping better than he ever has in his life. Certainly it’s worth investigating.

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