Tips re exhaustion??

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   Posted 7/21/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.  Hope you are all having good days.
I think I've overdone things a bit, that tends to happen when I'm feeling good. I've been doing great the last two weeks! It is so thrilling to actually enjoy summer! :)
Unfortunately, the exhaustion seems to have taken over. I  hope that I just need a few good nights of sleep. Until then - would anyone like to share their suggestions for getting through the day (and evening) without falling asleep? I do know that caffeine does NOT work for me when I get like this, it's like the opposite happens. 
Thanks in advance!!  

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   Posted 7/21/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kermit, wish I had some good suggestions for you, but the thing is maybe your body is telling you it needs to rest for awhile. Sometimes we just have to listen to it and take it easy until it gets better. I have pushed myself through so many days of being tired and exhausted so I know what you are going through. Its not easy to take the time to rest when there is so much that needs to be done.
Oh wait there is one thing that seems to help me if I really need to be alert like when I have to drive for a long time and that is the 5 hour energy drinks. I know they dont have all the caffeine and sugar in them that some of the other drinks do. There has been many road trips I have used them on and they do help me stay awake. Hope this helps
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   Posted 7/21/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, what I find ironic & frustrating is that despite being exhausted, I need meds to get to sleep!  I'm sure you all know exactly what I'm talking about.  However, when I'm especially tired, I have discovered that simply resting for a while can help.  I know that a real nap is out of the question.  One, I won't take a sleeping pill except at bedtime and two, I won't do anything to further aggravate my insomnia.  I'll suck it up and go to bed a bit earlier.  But sometimes, just laying down, closing my eyes & relaxing with some of that new age, crystal music or just listening to the whir of a fan can be very restorative.  The trick is shutting my mind down & resting my brain.  That's why I like the soft music.  It's a distraction from my own disquieting thoughts.  Works for me.  :)

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   Posted 7/22/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I would try the yellow Vitamin Water and see if that helps. It is the energy drink that causes me the least amount of jitters and caffeine overload. Make sure you also drink some water with it. I sometimes cut my energy drinks with water to make them last longer.
I also recommend the 5 Hour energy drinks, but not more than one. Again I recommend you drink water with them.

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   Posted 7/22/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your doctor about B-12. Mine told me to start taking 5000mcgs B-12 daily and I
found that they help knock down the fatigue.

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 7/22/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Dotkom, the new-age music is so relaxing, and just lying down with my eyes closed is a help. Until my beloved cat decides to try to sleep on my side....
This too shall pass...   
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