Thank you so much, Caren, you have no idea how encouraging that is to me since I feel that I have "preached" about
this forever! Ruth Whalen has told me to keep at it one person at a time, so I'm very glad to know that it's still helping those who are willing to give the changes in their diet a try. (She's the writer who has written so much about
caffeine in the diet.)
Recently, I've undergone testing for sleep apnea--you know, the test for determining if we're getting enough REM (rapid-eye-movement sleep) which is the type sleep stored in the brain for energy use as needed. (It's often called the sleep that "charges our battery.")
That tale is one for the books! But! It's remarkable in helping to get back one's positive feelings and energy if, in fact, one isn't getting enough REM sleep during the sleep cycles at night and decides to go with "continuous positive air-flow pressure" with the nasal mask at night when sleeping.
All of these medications for sleep help many, but they don't seem to permit the storage of REM sleep. They just act on a 1-day basis. I'll write about
my experience soon and maybe someone will follow up with an apnea test on his/her own to get the sleep regulated as it should be.
I could begin by saying that in older people the pineal gland in the brain is often calcified so that melatonin, the natural sleep chemical which is produced by the pineal gland as the sun begins to go down is slowed, and individuals need a booster to get the natural sleep they need. Sleep apnea, however, is related to young, middle-aged, elderly--there's no distinction in who might have a failure to get enough REM sleep at night. Only testing can determine that.
this at another time.
Thank you again for posting.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/21/2012 9:57:48 PM (GMT-6)