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Feb. 24th, 2008 | 02:01 pm

I've been battling with sheer exhaustion for the last while. I've always been an erratic sleeper. It's been at least 30 years since I last slept a whole night without waking. Part of this is having my bladder's flexbility damaged by endless cercaria. (No I don't have Bilharzia - any more). So a visit to bathroom every 3 hours or so is a norm. Secondly, I sleep really deeply for my first hour- hour and a half. Thereafter a mouse-fart on the far side of the house will wake me. And I do not wake groggy and sleepy. I go from fast asleep to wide awake in one step. It must have been very useful to the Khoi-san hunter gatherers on my mum's side. Right now, it's a PITA. See, the kids are no longer at home. That means their cats have moved in on us. Cats too - or at least ours - are restive sleepers. So is our elderly blind dog. She will, gauranteed get up for a drink, at least once a night. She's also going a bit senile... she'll get lost getting there. And bark. The rest of the dogs sleep solidly... except that Wednesday - bottom of the pecking order - will sometimes decide it's too dark to walk past her brother's basket to go for a drink and then she cries... And then at first light they want out. On a full-moon night they'll wake easily and of course they get disturbed by wildlife, especially jackal outside. Oh and rain or even distant thunder wake me. So on a typical night I will get to bed around 10 -10.30, get up between 4.30 and 5. and wake/be woken up 4-8 times. Now ther is just no way in the present SA that we can just exile the dogs. Nor is it remotely possible - or really desireable (poor kitties) - in our rather open-plan house to do that to the cats. Going to bed earlier breaks the animals pattern and they're worse. But I need a good night. Only waking twice or three times a night, like good old days.

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from: kirbyss
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I can sympathize. I have to wake up to roll over at night. As my hips and shoulders cramp if I spend more than about two hours on one side, this mean frequent wake ups. I have been this way for at least the last ten years. I can't (literally) remember the last time I went to see and didn't wake up at some point during the night. Like you I come awake almost completely instantly. I think there are only a couple of times in the past where I didn't. It usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes to go back to sleep. So I completely understand what you are saying. I straight uninterrupted eight hours of sleep would be sheer heaven.

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from: davefreer
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
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(nod) it's that 10-15 minutes that's the killer

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from: texasmarc
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Dave,

I don't know what you have tried to help yourself go to sleep. But, I had trouble a while back and after reading a ton of different remedies.... I tried this. (with no side effects)

1. Don't drink (anything) or eat for at least two hours before bed.

2.Take 6 mg. of Melatonin at bed time.(not 3mg)

The effects of the Melatonin seem to be gradual. It will take a few days but it did wonders for me. I felt better than I had for several years because the rest was quite rejuvenating.
I did'nt wake up feeling tired.
I was still able to wake up in the middle of the night when needed and went easily back to sleep.
I don't know if Melatonin works that well for everybody. But its quite inexpensive and definitely worth a try.




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from: davefreer
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I already avoid eating or drinking for 2 hours +
I haven't seen Melotonin for sale here, but definitely I'll try and track it down

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from: clockworkplum
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Sorry Dave, I am of no help, since I don't have problems with my night's sleep (I actually sleep like a baby, no matter if it's night or day -just woke up and it's 5 o'clock in the afternoon, lol), and when I had, it was because I couldn't fall asleep from my nervousness... But always, always I have a problem with waking up in the morning, no matter what time it is!...

I hope you will find a way to get some good night's sleep...

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from: davefreer
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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phttt. I sleep like a baby too. A grumpy niggly baby that is teething. At least getting up is easy. Just not if it is cold

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
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I can sort of sympathise, as I haven't slept through the night since the kids arrived. But at least there's light at the end of the tunnel here, as they are getting better at sleeping as they grow.

I think you need a few nights away from home and a catheter! :-/

The mice here don't fart much, not enough fibre in their diets, but the blasted crickets keep sneezing.

melissa :-)

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from: davefreer
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I'll cope without the catheter... but the nights away (on a decent bed) sound very good. Give the crickets tissues :-)

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from: horace_hamster
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
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I can certainly sympathise, because last year I went through a period of about six months where I slept maybe an hour or two a night, and ended up with insomnia-triggered clinical depression. So no sleep is no joke!

Is there another room you can sleep in, by yourself, where you can shut the door (ie shut the animals out) to minimise the critter disturbances?

Have you tried some of the usual remedies, most of which sound wanky but do actually work? I found that drinking hot milk (well, hot chocolate) before bed did help, and that having a CD of ocean sounds (or some other non musical, inoffensive white noise CD) playing when I went to bed and left on replay all night also helped.

Finally, sleeping pills. They do work. If all else fails, get old fashioned antihistamines, the kind that totally knock you out.

You have to sleep. Seriously.

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from: davefreer
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Sleep next to someone for 27 years sleeping alone just doesn't work for either of us... :-) Yes there are a number of other rooms, but the beasties would probably plague B. I'll try it if I can no more.
I've tried coffee at bedtime. I am asleep in 10 minutes :-) - seriously I get to sleep reasonably easily most nights, and sleep very deeply for an hour- hour and half. I just wake very easily later. And then take 10-15 minutes to get back to sleep again.
I am also one of those odd people - a small percentage - who have a typical kid's reaction to antihistamines. They make me wide awake and hyper. Do you really want me hyper :-) even Valium bounces off me (Plane trips. Tried everything)

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