The elusive sleep

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See that picture that is what it has felt like for me the last 2 weeks. I’ve had sleep issues now for a number of year. Actually it has been about 5 years. I’ve just always been tired but it hasn’t messed with much of my life. For 3 of those years I was well aware that it was stress and I tried to fix it. This time however I had no idea. A week and a half ago it was getting to be too much. I wasn’t getting more than 4 hours of sleep a night. I was forcing myself to go to work much less exercise. So even though I was doing my training plan it was half-assed at best.

Enter last week. Between the lack of sleep and the crazy rain my workouts were hard to get in. I finally called my doctor and said I can’t take it anymore. I need to sleep well so that I can work and train! Friday night I had my first low dose of ambien. Even though I overslept my alarm and missed my group run I felt GREAT!! I had slept! Last night, same thing! I haven’t been able to “rise and shine” in years! Note: I do have an appointment at the end of August to asses this treatment and see what we can do without medication! Always, listen to your doctor!

As much as I believe my workouts are important it is also important to listen to your body (thanks Coach Maria). She said that to me about a month ago and it is what prompted the desperate call to the doctor. Now, I’m actually looking forward to doing my long run today and having it feel good!!

Remember it is important to listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs!

 

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