Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sleep, precious sleep

For those that have known me, it comes to no surprise when sleep issues are brought up. I don't sleep. Or, perhaps I should say, I do not sleep much.

Up until a few months ago, my sleep didn't really matter too much. I was getting enough rest to go to school and do my work. I was a pretty good kid with some hyperactivity and a few quirks.

Then the headaches/migraines started up again. (I say again because I had a flair last spring, but it only lasted about two weeks.)

This headache/migraine flair has been going on since the middle of November. There are a couple of ideas floating around as to why, but we started with keeping a diary. Turns out in the month of December I had 11 bad headaches. (This is not good.)

I went to the doctor yesterday. Mom pointed out the fact that I don't sleep and asked if that could have an impact of my headaches. While at the doctor's office, I was bouncing all over the place and talking a mile a minute. The doctor thinks my sleep problem may be causing other issues with me, based on my behavior.

So, starting last night, I am on a tight regimen at bed time in order to get me to sleep. We do realize this may be quite an adjustment, but in order to get everything else under-control, effort now will be worth it.

My new regimen is the following:
8:00 Bath time w/ lavender epsom salt
8:10 Sleep meds
8:20 Laying down in bed with a book or TV on quietly.
9:00 Lights out
Prior to my bath, my room has to be cleaned up and school work done. It worked last night. I was asleep by 8:45 and I felt so good this morning. I hope that once my schedule is set I will be feeling a lot better.

Being a SPD kid can add its own quirks to the equation to. This just means that we are grabbing hold and hanging on during this ride.

Oh, we did talk to the cardiologist about my headaches when I went for that check up two weeks ago, she is of the opinion that my headaches are not related to my heart at all.

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