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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it is almost 11:00pm and I am staring at the ceiling once again.  I know, told me to enjoy this time.  But the problem is I am not so lucky as to have a Television in my room and do not want to disturb hubby who just finished a 14 hour shift earlier in the evening.  So I lay here.....counting how many times I hear him roll over or what I have with so many darned books on my shelves.
Eh......might as welll at least TRY to sleep tonight.  Might be back later.
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 

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   Posted 3/9/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred!

When I can't sleep I don't lay around waiting and hoping to fall asleep or it makes me worse. I just get up and do something. I get online or ready or anything that I enjoy. No sense laying there. You can watch a lot of TV type things online if that's what you want. I love to listen to and watch PBS/Annenberg shows online and they're free! That's my price too!

I do agree that changing your outlook on the time you can't sleep is a great idea. I'm sure it won't be easy but if you can think of it as 'your' time and not feel guilty that you are not in bed with hubby who's snoring away...then you may start to enjoy the time you've found and accomplish something in the mean time. Have a hobby? There's the extra time you would like to have for it. I love to quilt so I do that also when I can't sleep. Lots of great things to do during the evening hours.

Keep warm thoughts...
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   Posted 3/9/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Scarred,
You sure aren't alone with sleep issues. Mine is so screwed up it's pathetic. I feel like the overnight tv news crew and I are on a first name basis. LOL Like Chutz said, it's best not to lie in bed counting sheep or books or whatever. There are also some great relaxation CD's. If you go to there's a great CD (or MP3 download) to help with sleep. (I have no financial connection whatsoever with this website; just use the woman's products - a lot!).

Anyway, here's to some sweet dreams tonight!


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   Posted 3/9/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred:

Unfortunately, there are a lot of us in this same boat. I often don't go to bed until I send my kids off to school in the morning. I have to be falling over with exhaustion for the pain to let me get any rest.

I hope by now you are getting some ZZZZZZZZZZZ's.


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   Posted 3/9/2010 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Praying that you'll fall asleep soon and STAY asleep!
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   Posted 3/9/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe it is just part of having CP, anymore I don't go to bed till after one AM usually it is after 2 and even sometimes 3 AM I always wake up at 6 to take my meds, and I will usually go back to sleep till 7:30 or 8, and sometimes sleep till 9 or 10. What is normal for sleeping? The last week or two, I wake up with charley horses in my legs or in my arms and hands. If I can't sleep I will often come on the internet, and either check out the forums or do E-mail! Anyway it appears that you have lots of company!

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   Posted 3/10/2010 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
As I have always said....there is no normal for us CPers, WB. You know as well as I do that it's an unfortunate fact that sleepless nights and freqently waking up in the middle of the night is just something that we do. I think I got maybe 2 hours if I was lucky and it is now 3:23am and I'm laying here in the dark typing a post to you all. It's frustrating because I feel like geee why can't I sleep like normal people do....10pm to 6am would be sooooooo nice. I did however have a few nights that I slept quite well, but those again are far between and its tough to get used to such a strange schedule.

I think too, I am worried about the test results. But then again if IFs were money we'd all be rich ya know? LOL I do know that when she did the test I had just polished off a big soda, so that might be what caused the BS to go so high. I don't drink a lot of soda, usuallly coffee after waking up 1 pot, then I switch to water for the rest of the day. I was shown by hubby that it seems that they are doing some work on our waterlines. Of course this is not something that was presented to us and I'm wondering if that is what is causing the water to be so delightful.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid??? LOL


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