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Sleep celebration

It is a momentous day. A rare day that is to be commemorated. A day to be celebrated.

What are we celebrating?

I got a good night’s sleep!

As I mentioned in a previous post, most nights my sleep is not too good. In fact, the night before it looked like this. This chart was not entirely accurate. Pretty much the second half of that green hump I was awake or semi-awake.

But last night I got almost the ideal sleep… 5 sleep cycles, close to the recommended percentages, and about 8 hours of sleep!

The guideline is 55% deep+REM, 45%light, and 5% awake. It was almost dead on! I’m pretty sure it was accurate too. I feel much better today!

I am extremely thankful for the healing God has brought in this past year and half with my stress-related health issues. Compared to when I started, I am so much better, the biggest improvement of all being that I am no longer pre-diabetic! In fact, last Sunday I played drums for the first time since April 11, 2011. It’s been over a year since I have been on the worship team at all and I was testing the waters.

Unfortunately it did not go too well. In one weekend we had a special dinner, friends came to visit from out of town, and I played drums on the worship team. Although these were all wonderful things, by the end of the weekend I had a consistent stomach ache and chest pain. It took over a day for it to go away and I had to rest a lot. I haven’t been up front at all at my church since I went on medical leave. I wasn’t sure exactly why, but my body seemed to freak out when I did stuff up front. Then today I read some research saying that public speaking can cause stress symptoms like arrythmia!

It’s hard to say if playing drums itself was a trigger, or if it was because it was too much activity. All I know was that emotionally and physically I was not feeling so good by the time Sunday afternoon rolled around. My analytical side finds it very interesting that my body begins to have all these symptoms of stress even though I don’t “feel” stressed. The good thing is I have learned to pay attention and ratchet back before falling off a cliff.

My inability to sleep probably has much to do with the slow progress healing. Lately I have been getting like 5 or 6 hours a night. It is hard to explain what it is like. It is like my body is exhausted but my mind won’t shut off. When I take naps, I just lie there and as I am about to drift off, I get a feeling inside like when you fall asleep and your body jerks awake, but it’s like it’s only inside because my body is not jerking. When I wake up in the morning, I just toss and turn half awake and totally exhausted.

I’ve tried just about everything to sleep:

  • Going to bed early
  • Going to bed late
  • Going to bed at a regular time
  • Having a regular bed routine
  • Exercising earlier
  • No electronics
  • No caffeine
  • No naps
  • Taking sleeping meds
  • Taking Benadryl
  • Taking Valerian
  • Taking Melatonin
  • Taking Nyquil
  • Eating foods like broccoli and turkey and milk
  • Reading boring books
  • And other things!

I think I’m a little odd… most people I know fall asleep when they take Benadryl or Nyquil, but it keeps me up or makes my sleep super restless.

Now, the first part of my night is not a problem. My sleeping meds help me fall asleep but the hard part is staying asleep. After 4, 5 or 6 hours, it’s like my body quits sleeping and I just walk around like half a zombie most of the day.

Someone suggested I go get a sleep study done. We’ll see what my doctor says.

In the meantime, I celebrate the simple things God gives… like a good night’s sleep!

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