Monday, July 15, 2013

Years Without Sleep Will Do That To A Person

I first mentioned my bouts with insomnia
on my blog on October of 2008.

I can't even remember
how long it had been going on before that
but I do know as time went on
it got worse and worse.

I could always fall asleep
I just couldn't stay asleep.

I blamed it on hormones.
I blamed it on stress.
I tried everything.
(Melatonin, Sleep Therapy, Exercise, Sour Cherry, Warm Milk...etc.) 
Nothing worked.

By the beginning of this year
I was averaging 2 hours of sleep a night...
if I was lucky!

It was affecting everything.
My mood.
My home life.
My work.
My memory.
My emotions were a wreck.

On May 29 of this year
I went to the Doctor
and he started me on
a very low dose of a medication
to help me stay asleep.

It started working that very same night.

Oh my stars the world is a brighter place
when you have 8 hours of sleep a night!!

There's only one side effect.
Between sleeping all night
and our beautiful weather,
it's really cutting into my blog time!

But I feel fantastic!  

 Be strong enough to stand alone,
smart enough to know when you need help,
and brave enough to ask for it.  ~ unknown

Do Not Bake Me a Cherry Pie
The Cheese Has Slipped Off My Cracker
Random Thoughts for a Sleepless Night
Thought Bubbles on My Brain
My Reality for Today
Sleep Keeps Escaping Me
P.S. It's Snowing
Thoughts in My Brain
Sleepless In Swift Current - True Love


Kerri said...

That is GREAT news!!! So glad you are getting some SLEEP!!!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, GOOD FOR YOU!!!! oh, i cannot imagine the hell you and your body and mind went thru!

Sylvia said...

Oh my, Catherine, so good you can stay asleep now !
Such a lovely picture of sweet Banjo, beautiful edits !
Sweet dreams,

Brian said...

Banjo and I both appreciate the value of a good sleep!

BeadedTail said...

That's wonderful news! Yay for 8 hours of sleep!

Mary said...

Awesome Catherine! I am SO happy for you. I love sleep. Always have. Those nights i don't get much, which thank god are few and far between, i'm kind of a witch the next day. Lucky for me.. and those around me.. i usually get 8-9 hours. I'm so sorry you went through that for such a long time. And i'm glad you sought the help of your doctor! Here's to a happier, more fulfilled life for YOU! Yay! :D

Sarah Kim said...

That's incredible I'm so happy for you! It must feel amazing :)

Pam said...

This is wonderful news! I have battled insomnia for over 40 years. Lately I've been trying melatonin and it seems to help.

Nancy said...

I am so happy for are going to have so much energy you aren't going to know what to do with it all....good for you that you got the help you needed...

Your kiddie shots are awesome....

S. Etole said...

What a gift that would be. Great photos.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is really such good news, Catherine, and you sound fantastic!!!

Deb said...

I know all about lack of sleep. It's awful. Love the pics of Banjo. What a handsome boy, Hugs

Chatty Crone said...

Well you must be so happy over this - I can't even imagine not being able to sleep - when I am tired and feel sleep deprived I feel awful. GREAT! sandie

Katnip Lounge said...

HURRAH!!! I am so happy for you, sleep is VITAL. There's a reason we spend 1/3 of our life snoozing.

I have been taking a sleep aid for three years now and I wouldn't do it any other way.

Betsy Adams said...

Good Gosh---don't worry about blogging. You NEED your sleep. You need it in order to stay healthy. Glad you have found some relief.. Hooray.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
Good for you for finding that rhythm of good night sleep back; even with some chemicals in your blood from the medication. What is worse?
Enjoy your summer.

Susan said...

I hope it keeps working till your body takes over and does it on it's own! I am so happy that it's working!
PS: I take a sleep aid too. If I don't take it, I don't sleep well. Toss and turn. It's awful. Thank God for it.

Eileen said...

Nearly five years without a decent night's sleep? OMG. Thank goodness for a sleep aid to help you get some rest.

I occasionally have a sleepless night..usually because I'm stressed about something. I need a solid 6 to 7 hours to cope. How you carried on is totally amazing to me.

Take care!

P.S. Lovely photos of Banjo, he is such a beautiful boy!

Crafting Queen said...

So glad to hear you are finally getting some sleep! Banjo you look so adorable in those photos. Have a wonderful day both of you. Hugs Anesha and Skipper.

Tammy said...

I'm so glad to hear you've have sleep success; I know how miserable one can feel without...Your picture representation/progression is just brilliant! And I love your quote:)

Fuzzy Tales said...

Hallelujah for sleep, it's a rare commodity for many of us. We're so glad you've found something that truly helps!

Sandra said...

i had no idea there is a med for insomnia... this is good news.. i will pass it on to friends that have the same problem....sweet sweet kitty

Lin said...

Oh WOW! I'm so glad that you found a solution! The lack of sleep wrecks havoc on your mind and body. You need to rest that heart and organs so you can live a long, healthy life. So glad you got help!!

No worries about the blog, we are always here.

karen608 said...

Yay! So happy for you.
Just goes to show you if all home remedies do not work, then, sigh, go to a good doctor.

Sweet sleeping!!!

Anonymous said...

My goodness, that's just too long w/ such little sleep... glad you're sleeping now! whew! =)

Carolynn Anctil said...

I agree with Tricia - that's too long to go without sleep! I'm glad you finally sought help and are getting the rest you deserve.

Pretty shots of Banjo.

P.S. Love the quote.

Big Hug,

Tamago said...

I'm very happy that you can stay asleep in the night! The pictures of Banjo in changing color show your feeling very nicely :-) It's hard not to be able to sleep. I rarely have that problem (my problem is that I'm always sleepy!) but when I wake up in the midnight and feel restless, it wears me out. That side effect is not bad at all :-) Enjoy your sleep and lovely weather!!

Elisabeth said...

That is great ,we al need to sleep.for about 10 years i did not sleep much,may nights not even one our and if i was lucky 1 maybe 2 ours a night .My docter did not wánted to give me medication.I was so tired .Now ik have a little medication and i sleep al lot now ,but 8 ours?? no way!.I'm a totally differend person and feel so much better!
xx Elisabeth!

Penny said...

Sleep is good. It sure can make you see life in a new perspective. Glad that the meds are working. Sure do miss you and our talks.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh heart goes out to you. But now with joy that you can sleep. What a relief that must be.

I'm going to send my husband to the Dr to find out what this medication is...he is really bad at staying asleep.


sharon said...

So glad you finally are able to sleep. I can't imagine going that long without a proper nights rest. I get cranky if I wake up during the night. Hope this new medication works out well for you!!

Ann said...

That's great. So glad the medication worked. With a good nights sleep and good weather who cares about blogging. There will be plenty of time to catch up with it when the snow flies

Laurie said...

That's a long time to go without a good nights sleep Catherine, I'm so glad you finally got some relief! enjoy!!

SweetMarie said...

I'm so happy for you! Sleep is so important! I was having trouble falling asleep because I would start thinking about all the things I need to do and I finally asked the doctor for help as well. :) Much better now.:)

Kitties Blue said...

I have always had problems sleeping. I don't know what medication you are taking, but please be careful. I was taking one, because like you I could fall asleep but not stay asleep. I took it for sometime with no trouble. All of a sudden I started waking up everyday with migraines. Already being a migraine sufferer, I didn't associate it with the sleep medication. By the time I did, I had been miserable for way too long. BUT, so glad you have gotten some good rest! Just be careful, please. Janet

Barbara said...

I'm so happy you found a doctor who knew something that would help. Sleep is more important than blogging (which is why you don't see me very often!)

Linda R said...

I am so happy you found away to get some sleep.. I am not a very nice person when I don't get my 8 hours in..


Donna said...

ok well you always look so fantastic i would never have guessed you were not sleeping at nights - but when I saw you the other day on the street you looked exceptionally beautiful...sleep sleep how wonderful for you Catherine!

Smareis said...

Olá Catherine,

Eu também dormo muito pouco. Por vezes 2 horas por noite,4 horas no máximo, mas tem dias que dormo mais 8 horas. O sono é uma coisa muito complicada, se a gente não dorme ficamos sempre nervosa, estressada e isso faz mal pra saúde, a preocupação no dia a dia é que nos tira o sono por vezes. Mais dormir é bom demais.
Adorei a foto do gatinho. Eu tenho um cãozinho meu xodo. A gatinha da minha vizinha criou 2 gatinho esses dias.
Deixo um grande beijo em teu coração!

Ótima semana!

Pantherka said...

So it's great! When a person cannot sleep, it's terrible. Finally, you can at rest sleep.

Safe Haven Hotel said...

Beautiful pictures, and the profile one of this handsome kitty is just gorgeous!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I'm so happy for you!! I hope the medication continues to work and eventually you can get off it because you no longer need it.

Michael Manning said...

Cat: I relate. I'm using meditation now to help as well. Glad you're getting positive results!

BumbleVee said...

You never did mention it ...but, erm.... could you write to tell me what it is and maybe I can convince my doctor to give me sommmme...even 4 hours a night would be nice ...

Lisa RedWillow~ a Beauty seeker said...

I cant believe how many of us are have this problem. Wonderful photos. Stay rested . I battle it also. Im winning.:)

Gary Heller said...

So there IS light at the end of an 8 hour sleep! Thanks for sharing this, it may get me motivated to find a way out of the sleep deprivation myself.

Stay well, thanks.

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, this is wonderful, wonderful news that you're sleeping!!!! I'm so glad!!! Just so glad...

=) xo

Splendid Little Stars said...

That's great!!
I have some issues with insomnia from time to time, but not as difficult as yours. I'm glad you've found some help.


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