Sleeping uneasy

  1. I'm not sure why but I haven't been able to get a good nights sleep for the last 2 weeks! I am really tired and I DO sleep but it is fitful. Tossing and turning and talking nonsense all night long. It is driving my wife crazy and I wake up tired. I have thought about taking something but I don't really think thats the solution.
    The only thing different in my life is I have cut way back on my drinking and I have started working physically hard after work (mostly cutting and stacking wood). No real reason for making me sleep poorly, if anything you'd think I'd sleep better.
    Anyone else ever go through something like this?
    -Russell
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  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Hmmm. I would think with the wood cutting activity that would help with the sleep. I slept poorly for years, but mostly because there was SOOOOO much activity during the day between work, kids, house, etc, I never had time just for silence to unwind and clear my head. Therefore, when I did go to bed, my brain would still be in "overdrive" - seemed like I couldn't shut it down, so to speak. Finally started taking Unisom, just half a tab, (it's over the counter, I get it in generic form) just to help start quieting things down so I could go to sleep! You may want to try it just to get back into your sleep patterns again.

    Also sounds like you are in desperate need for some real solitary time! Or some hot, knock-the-plaster-off-the-walls from the bedpost hitting it sex with Mrs. Rusty, either one.
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    things to ponder....(no reply requested)
    how much were you drinking? how much did you cut back?
    at times in my past when my etoh intake was heavier, when it lightened, there was an adjustment time in my sleep....


    when on doubt, try sex for sleep...
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    originally posted by lasvegasrn
    or some hot, knock-the-plaster-off-the-walls from the bedpost hitting it sex with mrs. rusty, either one. :d
    ohhhh..yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh..kniock the rust offa dat rusty ole hammer of yours!!!!!
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Er, uh.. Sunny... have you been getting enough.... sleep? :imbar
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    Er, uh.. Sunny... have you been getting enough.... sleep? :imbar
    no..thank you for noticing....lol...can't really right now..well..could..but..you know...(i know rusty, too much info) too much stress in our household in the past 10 days....actually turned him down last night...




    ok..sorry, rusty...back to your thread....
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    things to ponder....(no reply requested)
    how much were you drinking? how much did you cut back?
    at times in my past when my etoh intake was heavier, when it lightened, there was an adjustment time in my sleep....
    Ah yes.... me thinks back to my time in rehab.

    When you cut back on a substance that alters your state of consciousness, you will experience a "swing" the other way.

    Cocaine addicts, used to living a little higher than the rest of us, will swing into a very low state. It wasn't unusual for my patients coming off coke to sleep for a few days. Even when they were awake, you couldn't really call them that. Very depressed nervous systems.

    Now alcohol on the other hand, like heroin, is a CNS depressant. Those patients climbed the freakin walls for days, couldn't sleep, night terrors, tachycardia, just general hypersensitive and stimulated behavior.

    That was a big cause of relapse in my patients.... most of them said they just wanted to sleep.

    Heather
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    Hmmm....maybe I should have a margarita or two and finally get a good nights snooze.
    -Russell
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Hmmm....maybe I should have a margarita or two and finally get a good nights snooze.
    -Russell


    i'll buy.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    Wife just came home and the first thing she said was "I sure hope you sleep well tonight" *I just mixed myself a drink*
    I wouldn't think that alcohol would have that big an impact on my sleep habits. I really don't ever drink to intoxication and lately haven't been drinking at all.
    Now I'm concerned a bit.
    -Russell
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Other thought: allergies. They can come on at any time. Especially after a dry summer, sure the cutting of wood would release molds/pollens/dust....just a thought.

    Also have been getting just 4 hrs sleep past 3 nights BUT its due to viral URI kids "shared" with me.
  13. by   adrienurse
    Tell Mrs Rusty to break out the massage oil before bed. Always gets me sleeping like a baby (in a non-sexual sort of way of course). Maybe, like 2 times every two weeks (when I switch from nights to days) I take half a Zopiclone (nasty stuff gives you a bad taste in your mouth but works, and doesn't leave you hung-over)
  14. by   Sleepyeyes
    OK, here's another thought:

    Wood splitting and cutting are heavy heavy activities. Although in my prime I once split a cord of wood in a day (we had an early storm coming after a late wood delivery ), I felt like I was hit by a truck for about 5 days. (Hadda move the woodstove--a big ol' Homesteader-- and clean the chimbley too) :chuckle

    So in order to calm those screaming muscles, I had to take a warm bath, and an Advil q4, and I'd make a big pot of chicken soup and homemade bread for when I was really ready to chow (after I cooled down, a good 4 hours later....) in the nice toasty house.

    (now ya made me homesick...darn )

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