I've been working on trying to sleep through the night for most of my life. And I've really put some effort into it this year. I've started seeing doctors, I've been to a sleep clinic, and I'm now hooked up to a machine each night that's keeping me breathing while I do sleep.
I've cut out caffeine late in the day, and eat dinner mid-afternoon so I'm not going to sleep on a full stomach. What I'm still working on is getting back to the gym on a regular basis, and cutting out surfing the internet an hour before bedtime (that's tough).
Next week I'm off to have a bone scan, that will help determine if I need to get back on some medication and a supplement that will boost my energy. I've had some blood tests, but because of the odd hours I work, my whole circadian rhythm is off...which means my internal body clock is out of whack, so the blood test doesn't really give an accurate read.
What kind of caught me off guard this week when I went to see my doctor was he told me I needed to take daily naps. "Because of your hours, you should nap, maybe 20 minutes a day, no more than a half hour, and you should try to take them around 10:30 in the morning because for you, that's the middle of your day."
That's kind of tough, because I'm still at work at 10:30 most days, and lately I haven't felt the need to take a nap (unless it's Friday, then that's my mega nap day). In fact, I was kind of proud I hadn't been taking naps lately. But Dr. Khan told me but doing this, it would re-set my body, and give me more energy to go to the gym, and improve my mood. It would also allow me to stay up a little later so I could see more of my family in the evening.
I'm willing to give it a try, and will try to be home most days between 10:30 and 11 to catch a few zzzz's. I don't know if I'll be able to keep to that schedule, but I'm willing to give it a try. After all, who am I to argue with my doctor?