five hours and 45 minutes of crappy sleep. For the last 20 years.
September 20, 2012 10:44 AM Subscribe
Last night I slept for five hours and 45 minutes. For the last 20 years. I've tried many of the frequently recommended solutions such as melatonin and environmental changes, and am not sure what my next step should be.
posted by mecran01 to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I was looking through a journal and kept seeing references to how tired I was. I remember in 1994, prior to getting married, I fell asleep at work and was fired from a temp job. I’ve been manually tracking my sleep by setting a stop watch when I doze off, and then glancing at it when I wake up, and most of the time I am sleeping about five hours and 45 minutes.
I guess my first question is:
- What’s the best place to go online to ask for help with this? I went to a sleep forum years ago but it was a little too hard core. I’d had a sleep study conducted and the results were inconclusive, and the members were all “Scan it in and show us the numbers” and also spent a lot of time talking about tranquilizers that would kill a horse. I’m not there…yet.
- How do I find a good persistent sleep specialist? The last guy I saw seemed pretty smart, but he prescribed amiltryptiline, which left me groggy.
- Given the following context and history, what should my next step be?
Here is some background. I:
- am 46 years old, 215 lbs., 6'6.
- have been diagnosed with ADHD. My online Aspie scores are high
- do not have trouble falling asleep
- had a sleep study >five years ago, and it didn’t say much.
- have allergies
- have keratosis pilaris (sp?) and dandruff
- have tried valerian/melatonin. Doesn’t seem to do much
- Calcium/mag supplements made a difference once, then nothing.
- Unisom and its ilk work ok if taken early in the evening, in that I don’t wake, but I often feel groggy throughout the day
- When I go to sleep early, say 10 pm, I may awaken around 4pm but then fall back asleep. Often feel tired the next day
- My exercise consists of riding the bicycle to work, three miles each way. Average speed: 9.8 mph, top speed: 19 mph on a slight downgrade.
- am sleeping in a cold basement room on a mediocre, slightly short mattress with the windows blocked by cardboard.
- wear earplugs and sometimes a sleep mask
- use a sleep mask
- my wife says I snore, but I don’t think it has been as bad lately
- had nasal surgery a year ago and had my septum straightened and turbinates reduced.
- Ambien puts me to sleep, but that’s not the problem.
- After my nightly 5.45 of sleep, I often have a slight headache or develop one later in the day
- After bad sleep I also experience more tendonitis and general achiness.
- Having sex makes much of the headache and achiness go away. Surprise.
- After a night of restless sleep I start feeling a little more energized around 6pm
- I usually don’t sleep in the same room as my wife, because she goes to sleep around midnight, so if I go to sleep early I may wake up in two hours to see her bathed in the blue laptop glow of Downton Abbey
- My work stress levels are moderate, but not worse than usual.
- I have been skipping breakfast lately in case this is what Seth Roberts calls “Anticipatory Waking”
- I don’t eat after 7pm, usually
- My only electronics have been the iPad (with f.lux installed) but usually a Kindle with a nightlight.
In short, I feel like my sleep hygiene is a B/B+, and even on the nights when I am totally sleep-hygeinic, I don’t feel that rested. At this point I am inclined to get another sleep study and see my sleep doctor or another sleep doctor. I want to figure out if this is physical, psychological, or some murky combination of the two.
I’m just not sure what my next step should be. There are just too many variables for me to make a decision.