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« Brain food from the heartland

Sleepwaking- part one of nap two

By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published July 30, 2008

This was posted after my piece : __Sleepwaking-nap one.__ :

"*I have the same problem. I go to bed around 11 pm and I wake up around 2:30 or 3:30. I am on Ambien CR, but lately it doesn’t let me sleep at all. I used to sleep around 5 to 6 hours on Ambien CR. I feel tired, but not sleepy. If I get up after I am awake that early and go stuff, I get a stomach ache with nausea. It has been like this for almost a week now.*

*I have had insomnia for about 20 years now…on average getting about 4 to 5 hours of sleep.*

*But, it’s so bad now.*"

Here's some excerpts from email's that I received after __Sleepwaking__ :

"I'm glad to see this but sorry for you,Louie.
*I'm suffering too. If I get 3 hours a night, I'm lucky...."*

*"Lack of sleep leads to immune system problems..."*

*"Take a sleeping pill and stop whining..."*

*"Try some chamomile tea about an hour before you go to bed..."*

*"Louie,I don't know anyone who sleeps well..."*

*"Please talk more about this Mr. Free, I think a lot of people will appreciate it. You need to do more interviews with some of your authors about this problem."*

I've been told that it's VERY important to dream-therefor, 'sleepdeprives' must keep a dream journal---NOT for the content of the dreams, but the QUANTITY of dreams.

I had a brain research scientist explain that we dream in (approx) 90 minute cycles.

I don't know about YOU, but lately I RARELY get 90 uninterrupted minutes.

This is how it's been recently :

About 30-45 minutes before I try to sleep, I take four 200mg ibuprofen tablets + two  550 mg ginger veg caps and three Wobenzyme N's  .

NO bad TV(news, etc) or  negative reading before bed-just something positive/spiritual/inspirational.

I AM able to fall asleep....for about an hour......then, the roller-coaster  really begins.

(I do admit that I get a bit anxious-a bit desperate on work nights)

It's getting close to that time-so........

....last night was another bad one

 1:44 a-awake

sleepy 'round 4:00 a

WIDE awake just past 5:00a

The Book Babe told me of a friend of hers that started Yogic breathing and it 'cured' his insomnia...she's going to get some specifics for me...but tonight I'm  desperate- I'm taking a Lunesta....



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