my job has made me nocturnal for the last 3+ weeks. my body has never adjusted over completely. thus from the lack of sleep i feel like i am running on empty, my head in a cloud, and my energy levels are rock bottom. w/o melatonin, i sleep 2-3 miserable hours with no real REM, wake up for a few hours with my body feeling super fatigued but unable to sleep, then take a nap for 2-3 hours of crummy sleep again. after 2 weeks of that i began taking melatonin. i dont fall asleep any faster, but once i fall asleep i am OUT. i sleep a solid 6 hours now but it makes me groggy when i wake up, which takes a few hours to ware off. i dont use it every night as i dont want to, but being greatly sleep deprived for so long and knowing it is temporary use, i dont mind using it just so that i can semi mildly function. i cant wait to get back on the day shift. why cant the contractor just finish the darn project like he said he was going to 2 weeks ago!!!! arg.
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07