I’ve Got To Make Some Fundamental Changes With The Ways I Try To Sleep

I just read The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to a Good Night Sleep.

When I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in in February, 1988, I had to spend about 18 hours a day in bed (until the end of 1993).

This began my insomnia. Bed stopped primarily representing a place where I sleep. It began to be a place where I toss and turn, the site of a battle between myself and sleep.

So this new books recommends using a bed only for sleep and for sex.

I spend a lot of time during the day napping or just listening to books on CD or to Dennis Prager’s radio show. I’ve got to stop that so bed becomes a place of sleep for me. If I can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, the book recommends getting up and watching TV or reading a book or writing a diary.

I’ll let you know how it works out. I’ve become caught in this vicious cycle of not falling asleep until after 3 a.m. (the way it has been for me for about six months), awaking around 7 a.m. and then lying down much of the afternoon because I am so exhausted from not sleeping.

P.S. I am sure my mild to moderate sleep apnea does not help. To combat this, I am losing weight. I’ve made some fundamental changes to my diet and I am down about six pounds in a month.

P.P.S. I have an appointment with a sleep doctor Dec. 28.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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