Posts Tagged ‘sleep’

Malaise

I am leery of seeing a doctor to explain these odd conditions (no, I’m not pregnant!), but I seriously don’t know what to do. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • For weeks, I’ve been tired. During the week, I get 6.5 – 8 hours of sleep each night (I know I should be at 8-9, but it’s just impossible a lot of the time), but I catch up on the weekends (usually 10-12 each night). However, I am ALWAYS tired. For example, I slept from 10pm-9:30am on Friday night & 2:30am (don’t ask) – 9:30am on Saturday night, then fell asleep on Sunday night at 9pm, slept until 6am, and was still tired. In three nights, that’s 27.5 hours of sleep (well at the correct 24 – 27 hours I should be getting), but I was still exhausted this morning. Exhausted like could barely get out of bed, tired.
  • The little things have been grating on me extra hard recently. I’ve been out of sorts with people, easily annoyed, and feeling overburdened.
  • Food hasn’t been tasting very good to me. I’ve been eating regularly, but nothing seems to spark my fancy. Food I previously enjoyed now tastes just passable & everything is unexciting.
  • I haven’t felt happy. I almost always feel happy. I don’t feel sad exactly, just not happy.

It’s been a few weeks now, and I just assumed it’d get better (maybe it was allergies or catching up on sleep or a touch of the flu), but it hasn’t. I’m having difficulty juggling the different parts of my life when I can barely make myself get out of bed & do my work. What’s going on!?

Infrequent Insomnia

I am a very sound sleeper. I rarely have difficulty sleeping / falling asleep & I rarely wake up during the night. However, about once every three months, I just cannot fall asleep. It could be because of sleeping too much the night before, being excited, tracking on at school, etc. For whatever reason, I just CAN’T fall asleep.

Last night was one of those nights. I wanted to go to sleep. I truly did. We watched our current TV show on DVD (not having actual television shows appear on our set), and the boy sort of drifted off. I lay there, fully awake, mentally placing my current furniture in the house that we are considering purchasing. Then, as he settled more fully into sleep & an hour had passed, I gave up. I watched 1.5 more episodes of our TV show. I read a few chapters in a book. I checked my various Internet locations. Finally, I looked up at the ceiling, forced my eyes closed, and tried to will myself into sleep.

I fell asleep, finally, around 5am (note: our alarm goes off at 6am). I know I should be thankful for the many nights of uninterrupted sleep where I quickly drop off & snooze through the night. Indeed, a good friend of mine has difficulty sleeping at all & confided in me yesterday that he finally slept 4 hours last night – more than his sum total in the previous 2-3 nights. I am so glad that my sleep is (usually) easy & effortless.

…but not being able to fall asleep still sucks.