So Sleepy

There’s something about this time of year, I just get so tired. The cold weather, the early darkness, I just want to curl up in bed and not get out of it!

Of course with the school run to do, that’s just not an option, so I did the next best thing (for me). I went to my GP and asked if we could double my anti-depressants (coming up to three years on them now… wow!) over the darker months, so I didn’t feel so lethargic and can’t-be-bothered all the time. It’s definitely helped!

That and having real honest to god friends to meet up with at the school gate, and play group to go to, and generally being much busier during the week than we ever have been before. It’s been so good, Max is coming on so well in social settings, so I’m no where near as worried about him starting nursery on Monday (OMG four days… FOUR!!).

I am still tired though.

Not emotionally any more though, just physically.

It’s a lot easier to get over physical tiredness than emotional tiredness.

Trust me, I know that one all too well!

So, although I want to fall asleep by about 9pm every night (not that Max lets that happen, with him staying awake and grumpy till 10pm easily most nights… off to the doc’s to admit Zack and I need Max to have the melatonin for our sanity), I can still get out of bed the next morning.

I can still carry on and be happy in myself.

Even though I’m sleepy, I can genuinely get through it now, without it making me feel down.

I know to be kind to myself and let myself catch a nap at the weekends while Max does, with Zack cosied up in my bed playing with my iPhone.

I know that we all have days where we can be a bit out of sorts. Not just me, but my boys too.

I know now what battles are worth the hassle, and what are not.

I can definitely handle this kind of tiredness, where I never used to be able to before.

Now then… how long till the weekend so I can stay in bed as long as possible with two boys jumping on my bed instead of having to be up! and out! before 9am…

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17 Comments

  1. November 11, 2010 / 12:21 am

    It’s so damn hard isn’t it? I’m glad Nipper is on his way to a diagnosis. The school run is the hardest thing for me. It’s *really* difficult to make yourself get out of bet in the morning after sleepless nights. *hugs*

  2. November 11, 2010 / 8:05 am

    Have you ever considered tasking Vitamin D in the winter months. Because of my MS and research I read about the link between it and vitamin D I have taken it over the last 2 winters. I got it through the company I did an allergy test with, but I’m sure your GP could get you some. I had a liquid that I took 2 drops of a day (tastes horrid – like cardboard) and it helped with my general well-being a great deal in my opinion. It was quite a high strength dose, but I felt it worked. Being in Scotland it could be even more relevant to you as the effects are greater up there. Something to consider. Hugs, Julie xx

  3. November 11, 2010 / 9:17 am

    After reading the above comment, I think I might get some vitamin D too. Can’t hurt, right?

    Anyway, glad you’re doing okay. You know where I am. xxx

  4. November 11, 2010 / 11:09 am

    You know I had never known about that… will keep what’s working this year, but will definitely look into it next year. x

  5. November 11, 2010 / 11:10 am

    Yeah, I may look into it too! *hugs* to you too sweety xx

  6. November 11, 2010 / 11:58 am

    Lack of sleep is killing me at the moment. Nipper (with Asperger’s) keeps waking in the night and also getting up really early in the morning as well. Added to which my toddler wakes in the night too. Getting up and getting to school is a real challenge each morning and I’m absolutely desperate to go to bed each evening. I’m not too good through the winter generally and I’m not really looking forward to how this one is going to be! We are waiting for a full diagnostic assessment for Nipper but when we get it I think I’ll be asking about some way to get him to stay asleep.

  7. November 11, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    I am the exact same over the winter, I am going to start taking Vit B complex in the hopes that it gives me a bit of energy. I had a range of bloods done recently and forgot to ask if that was included! Good luck, I hope your plan is successful:) Jen

  8. November 11, 2010 / 2:12 pm

    With experience comes wisdom, eh? it’s great that you’re looking after yourself. Thank the gods for anti-depressants!!! My autie kid is going bananas these days and sleep is just a waste of time. Oddly enough, I’m finding that the gym really helps (both with the depression and with helping me to feel more energised), plus my husband is a big berocca fan. Or maybe we should catch a fight with the swallows and all migrate to South Africa for the winter XXX

  9. November 11, 2010 / 2:39 pm

    Oh I hope it works for you sweety! The upping of my meds definitely seems to have kicked in. Feeling *much* better. Most of the time. 🙂

  10. November 11, 2010 / 2:40 pm

    Oh that sounds like a plan… but they have snakes and spiders there that can hurt you. Think I’ll be a scardeycat and just stay here! 😉

  11. WorldWithoutEnd
    November 11, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    I have an enormous light box. It was expensive (£200, although they can be found cheaper) but I do think using it for half an hour daily makes a difference. As far as I can tell, the more expensive the less time you need to sit by it, but if you’re on the computer lots anyway (WoW addict huh? 🙂 ) you could pop it by the monitor, that’s what I do.

    Anyway. It works.

  12. November 11, 2010 / 3:13 pm

    Yes, well, less of an addict now, not got the time! I would love a light box, but they’re just so expensive. I wonder if any companies would let me review one…

  13. November 11, 2010 / 3:57 pm

    Talk of light boxes makes me smile ruefully – I work with them. If I had a spare I’d let you have one. That said, you seem to have taken the bull by the horns and done what needs doing. These early nights explain why I haven’t seen you on Twitter! Our loss…
    Take care of yourself and those fantastic boys xx

  14. November 11, 2010 / 4:15 pm

    Thanks HUN! I hate the early nights, but I need to do them for my sanity! 🙂

  15. November 12, 2010 / 7:21 pm

    Maybe a little seasonal depression or lack of sunlight/not enough vitamin D can cause some of that listless energy this time of year. It affects me too.

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  16. November 12, 2010 / 7:29 pm

    Yes, I’m pretty sure it is to do with that! Pain in the butt, especially when it’s dark and icky for about 5 months of the year here. Roll on March! *sigh*

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