Coffee, coffee and more coffee. That is how I get going in the morning. I need to be up early for work so I force myself out of bed and into a shower, grab my coffee and get dressed (makeup and hair). It's been nice with the girls out of school for the summer I don't have to deal with them in the morning but when they are in school, I do my thing and then wake them up, make their lunches and try hard to get them out the door on time. I drop them off at school and drive the 25 minutes to work. When I get to work I sit down and wonder "how did I manage to get this all done because I am still half asleep". All I can say is I don't have a choice, it has to be done, so I do it. I can't wait until my oldest can drive, next year, she can take her sisters to school in the morning. It will take a little pressure off of me because I pretty much just colapse when I get to work. It's a good thing my job is slow in the morning because I would be fired if I needed to think and be productive.
Keep the coffee brewing!
I'm usually awake for the day by 3AM, I got up at 5AM to get ready for work and after I got done in the bath I would wake up my children to get ready for school. 2 of them moved quickly, the other one moved like death warmed over. Till the end of this school year I still had to get up early to get my daughter (youngest) to college AND work. Early in the morning till late at night. She saved her money for a car and now drives herself YESSS! I still had to take my mother and my sister to dr appts and the hosp. Till my arm and legs gave out and I was unable to drive anyone anywhere. I stayed in bed till 7AM and it was peaceful. I have been to dr appt and P/T these past few weeks and we are there at 7AM, so I'm back on the 5AM get up schedule. It takes me awhile to function enough to handle the fun and joy of P/T.
I am normally very stiff and slow in the morning so I need the time to look as normal as I can. I need my juice in the morning, don't do coffee.
At the end of the day, I think how lovely it will be to go to bed. I can't take a nap during the day or I would never get any sleep at night.
I heard someone say yrs ago. Children get their energy from their mother - which explains why she doesn't have any left. Amen.
God bless. Alice.
I'm trying something new that is recommended for sleep trouble. I don't like it much: going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time. Yuck! I toss and turn for hours, then finally fall asleep a few hours before the alarm clock goes off, then I am tired all day and want to take a nap (or I turn off the alarm and sleep if I can); which in turn makes me less tired that night and the cycle continues. So today I forced myself up and no nap. this will be the 2nd day I have tried this. Oh wait, the first day - yesterday I took a nap - forgot
Another thing is no coffee in the afternoon, which means I am dragging by noon!!! maybe a few days of this will make a difference, though. Has anyone else tried these ideas? and how do they work for you?
I stick to a strick routine during week days and relax on the weekend. My week days are pretty good, I have some days of fatigue and the pain is there but I can usually manage. On the weekends I sleep in and I pay for it. I have terrible headaches and extreme fatigue and annoying pain. You would think that I would learn and get up at the same time but I don't, I'm in denial and I'm not ready to give up my former life. I would recommend that you continue this routine, it does help, just don't be like me continue it on the weekends. I haven't tried giving up the coffee in the afternoon, my sleep is pretty good with the meds.
I admire all of you and your determination! My kids are all grown up, but I still remember when they were little - what a handful! So those of you who have boisterous 4-year olds or husbands wanting to can peaches or powerchair to the pool and everything else you do . . . wow, you all.
I'll keep to the schedule then. 11-7 or 7:30 and see how it goes. Tea in the afternoon sounds promising.