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Having problems with my sleep patterns, missing appointments, how do you fix this?
September 21, 2006
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Having a mini anxiety attack about missing my psychiatrist appointments. It seems like I have no problem going to my regularly scheduled appointments, but the ones with my psychiatrist are so early in the morning and on my days off and I crash and sleep right through. I just missed my second appointment in a row today. My doctor refuses to make afternoon appointments for her regular patients, and reserves the time for "new" ones. She has one of the largest practices in the country, so I would be surprised if she knew my name without a chart in front of her face. Yet I'm afraid to switch because I'm afraid I'll get someone who is not that good. But this one is not flexible.

Anyway, I'm having trouble with my sleep cycle no matter how much I try to change my habits and patterns they always snap back. It's so hard for me to be a morning person, it is just not my nature. I need lots of sleep, it just doesn't want to happen at the right time. Anyone have this issue?

-ella

September 21, 2006
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Hi Ella,

I don't have a solution for you, but your psychiartist sounds like she does't understand you or is willing to work with you. It might be worth it to shop around a bit and see if there is a better one out there. There might not be- but at least then you know. I wouldn't leave her until you have had a chance to talk to some of the others- if you have that ability.

As for sleep problems- I find it easier to sleep if I get more exercise during the day. I also do better if I go to bed and get up at the same time everyday... but I rarely have that luxury- unless it is something like go to bed at 1am and get up at 5am 🙂 I am more of a morning person too-- so I usually get up a 5:30 on workdays and 7 on weekends, but when I worked flex schedules (where i was given day, swing or graveyard shifts all in the same week due to working multiple jobs- I got really screwed up with sleep patterns and it took a while for me to get back on track- then I had to set my bedtime at 10pm and get up at 6am.

I hope it all works out for you.

Oh and my class went better than expected today 🙂 also thanks for the book recommendations. I will start looking for them now that my class is done.

Sending you positive thoughts and friendly smiles 🙂

Chelonia

September 21, 2006
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Chelonia-

Actually, I am a night person- so there is the problem. Work is okay because it is a regular shedule- and here is the embarrassing thing- I get a wake up call at age 37 from my parents because I'm such a f#$% up. So then on my days off I crash. I can't wake up early for the life of me. Going to bed early isn't always easy. Sometimes I lie there and then feel worse and end up staying up later than if I was at the computer distracting myself, or reading until my eyes got tired and I sleep. So I don't know what to do... this is a lifetime problem, I"ve been going through this since I was a child and tried everything.

It sucks to see my days off wasted because I wake up in the afternoon, or missing appointments. I hate it.

September 21, 2006
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oops didnt finish...

yeah, i try and exercise, especially on my days off like today.

Glad your class went well, I hope you like the books. I wish I could have looked for them in person. There is also a book called TOAD and I think it may be a wordless picturebook, and the author's name Ruth Brown if I'm not mistaken. Very nice illustrations.

-ella

September 21, 2006
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i can't believe i'm awake. i feel like screaming.

September 21, 2006
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Ella,

I can totally understand why you are frustrated. But don't be too hard on yourself about it. It sounds like you are doing your best- which is all anyone can ever ask for. You may have already tried this, but have you looked into a sleep studies clinic? I have heard of them, but don't know much about them.

Getting a wake up call from your parents is fine. You are using the resources available to you to function as a productive person. If you had a roommate or spouse would you feel bad if they had to wake you up? I would hope not. You recognize that you have problems with sleep and you have come up with solutions. The f*&#%d up thing woudl be if you didn't use them and couldn't hold a job and didn't try to get better ect.

I hope you have a good day off.
I would write more but I gotta go to work today.

September 21, 2006
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mzrella,

When I was on a rotating schedule of 2 weeks of days, 2 weeks of nights, my days off were a nightmare. Years of that really took it's toll. Finaly when I was put on days permanently, I took a suggestion from a friend and for a month got up at the same time on my days off as I did on my work days. My body clock finaly kicked in and I was able to sleep in for a few hours on my days offs. My body needed to be re-programed. It's hard falling asleep at first and getting up when you don't have to, but in the long run it's really paid off. When my body needs extra sleep I am able to sleep in for an extra hour or two on my days off.

Atalose

~~Hope has a place, but not above reality~~

September 21, 2006
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Right now my schedule is also a little off because of jury duty, so my days off are different. I have one in the middle of the week and then Sunday (I go to my reg job on Saturdays). It is making me a wreck. Thankfully I think tomorrow is the last day.

September 21, 2006
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Ella -

When I have insomniac troubles or very stressed I take herbal tablets that help me with my sleep.

Also, things like hot cocoa, warm bubble bath, reading interesting book: NO horror or nervous-provoking books please, do wonders to your sleep. Of course have your alarm clock one or two by your bedside so that when they go off, you can wake up easily.

(((Ella)))

September 21, 2006
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Rasputin, what kind of herbal tablets? My doc won't give me ambien anymore (which actually worked) because I overdosed on it once, and I have a bad reaction to lunesta. Maybe something like your herbal tabs would be better for me.

thanks.

September 22, 2006
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Ella,

mint tea is good. When I worked at a health food store people bought things like valerian, melatonin and kava kava to help calm them down and get to sleep. I don't know much about any of this though- so I would suggest that you do more research before trying any of this. I would also be sure that any herbs don't react with any perscriptions or other medications you might be taking. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Here are a few web sites I found on sleep disorder centers. It might be worth it to take a look through to see if they have any information on the sleep issues you are facing.

http://www.sleepnyp.com/

http://www.users.cloud9.net/~t.....SWDCS.HTML

http://www.sleepquest.com/s_sl.....order.html

http://www.sleepfoundation.org.....p?state=NY

http://www.med.nyu.edu/sleep/

I hope you have a good night's rest tonight and had a wonderful day off.

September 22, 2006
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Hey Ella,

I just wanted to say that I'm the same way! When I was on Seroquel though nothing got me up before noon...and I mean nothing!

I'm writing this at two in the morning cuz I can't sleep either...lol

September 22, 2006
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Ella,

Mine is made of "Valerian Root". It is herbal and you can find it in the drug store in the herbs section meds and its generic brand that contains 120 tablets that really last for a looong time at quite reasonable price. I take each time 3 tablets coz that's what's indicated on the bottle, when I am stressed or going thru trying time or difficult period, and it really helped me a lot. If I take less than 3 tablets, it does Not work. So make sure you take as indicated on the pack.

Other sleep aid is "warm milk sweetened with honey". This one works like "MAGIC" and you will even have pleasant and sweet dreams. If you add to this warm bubble bath, soft classical music, dim lights, and also "Reading" something positive before bedtime.

Keep reading and you will find yourself falling asleep gradually.

Nice to see you again honey!!! Tell me how you're getting with this. I will check back later. (((ELLA)))

September 22, 2006
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Dear, Ella, sorry about your mishaps. Id be in dire straits if I had to wake up early and chirpy. I think you got good advice here and Id just add St. John´s herbal tea which is for depression which is also there, right? I hope Im not projecting but I sense that we are in some kind of a hitch, a phase, where were rebelling against something and our bodies are responding. I feel lonely just as you do, even though we have some close family. Im envious of your dog! Is he making you good company? Sometimes when I feel alone I think of you and your dog. I know he cant give you a hug like a human could but its loyl company. The other thing I try to remember and perhaps that will help you too is that we are only so lonely and needy when something very important to us is missing. Sometimes the missing thing is a misconception. (Oh, how sweet and simple that would be.) Like thinking we arent loved and in truth we are. Thinking we arent lovable and in truth we are. Just today I fell into tears in front of a chaplain lady at the church asking her for self help groups. Its always the same: AA, Alanon, ladies´s sewing singing dancing circles... But then I realized, hey, I´m a 47 y.o. laldy and like to sew or do art work or sing, and some of the ladies there are 26 y.o. Maybe that can be a prophylactic measure? So, maybe you join a circle there, I join a circle here and pretty soon we could have some really light thoughts to trade!? Keep strong dear Ella!

September 22, 2006
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Hey Ella,

Just checking in to see how you are getting along and to let you know that you are in my thoughts.

Chelonia

September 24, 2006
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atalose-

That is a good suggestion that your friend gave about waking up at the same time on your days off. It's just that I haven't been successful at this anythime I've tried it. I really would love to be a morning person. Mornings are so nice. I love that part of the day and would enjoy it especially if I weren't going to work.

-ella

September 24, 2006
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Maggalisa- Yeah, when I post on this site, quite often it is when I can't sleep or it is my day off. If I go straight to bed when I'm all wired up- I will just lie there and find more things to be upset over. So at least here I can have a catharsis or read other people's threads until I am tired. I just want to be disciplined, but even when I am, something disrupts my patterns that I worked so hard to establish.

Sweet dreams!
-ella

September 24, 2006
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sininho-

Oh yes I love my dog! She is my little princess and I love to fuss over her. When I am at the computer, I look over my shoulder and she is watching me. Sometimes I just get overwhelmed by her cuteness and I just have to take major cuddle breaks, silly as that sounds. Really, sometimes I feel like she is the tiniest lifesaver. Sometimes she is my only reason to go on.

Are you interested in getting a dog? I couldn't decide how to get one, if I wanted to adopt from a shelter, or get a full breed puppy... it was so hard because I fell in love with every dog I saw walking down the street. I would say to my bf "THAT's the kind of dog I want!" and he would say "You want ALL dogs!" So we didn't know how to choose. Finally he said, "let's just stop trying to figure it out- the best dog for you will be the one that comes to you." And sure enough, she came when I wasn't expecting her, and it's the greatest love of my live!

-ella

September 24, 2006
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Chelonia-

Hello, thank you for your thoughts.

How are things by you?

Do you mind if I ask you about your name? It's pretty, I just wondered where you got it from. Literature? Science or nature?

-ella

September 24, 2006
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Ella,

Things are going. I am house/pet sitting for a friend starting Tues. and really looking forward to it- It couldn't have come at a better time... the week before my husband moves out- so I won't have to be around to watch him pack etc.

As for my name...

Short Answer: Chelonia mydas is the scientific name for the Green Sea Turtle.

Details behind my choice: Whenever my life gets too overwhelming I take a mental break by going to various imaginary places in my mind. One of my favorites that I have used since childhood was to go swimming in the ocean and ride on the back of a sea turtle to a magical island way out in the middle of the ocean where everything is wonderful. Everyone is nice, healthy and full of unconditional love- the weather is always beautiful- the food is good etc.

In addition I love turtles- I always have. I even have a few pet turtles (box turtles and red earred sliders) that I have rescued from others who didn't realize how much work pet turtles can be. I also volunteer to do beach patrol in the summer for turtle nests- one of which is the Green Sea Turtle.

I identify with turtles on a very spiritual level- when my life became unbearable as a kid I mentally hid my soul inside a turtle shell. I think it was this combined with my ability to mentally escape my physical situation that kept me relatively sane and off of drugs and alcohol.

My wedding ring even has a turtle on it...

I hope you have had a great day off.

Chelonia

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