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Took me near two months, but I’m finally back to keeping myself lying down 6+ hours at night, trying to get myself some decent sleep.

For about two months before the election and well past a month after, 2-3 hours was the standard for me. Stress . . . mind racing . . . too much to get done . . . garden-variety insomnia . . . plus all sorts of strange diversions. I had every reason not to sleep; and when I ran out of all those reasons, I made up new ones.

One of my current doctors — a key doctor who kept me alive through my shenanigans — was not amused. He scratched my annual check-in appointment and required me to see him again after 6 weeks, giving me a few health-related assignments for that stretch. Then when I didn’t do quite as well as I was supposed to for that check-up, set my next appointment 3 months out, still not giving me that 1-year free rein. And if I don’t get cracking, he might take me back down to a monthly appointment the next time I see him.

Because although I’m getting better hours in the bed, I’m still not back to good sleep yet. This morning I could have just as well been up after 3am: my chart’s confusion about what happened after that hour is hiding that I lay mostly awake for over 4 hours, very still while meditating, but quite awake, very much awake.

And I only put up with my CPAP for 3.3 hours after around 11:30pm last night, another night failing to reach the 4-hour quota the doctor wants. And the equipment registered an AHI of 14.5 during that period, half the level I was averaging a few years ago, but still triple where the doctor wants me to be.

Eh, maybe it’s time for me to resuscitate some of my old sleep routines.

//] - sleeper

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24 November 2017 at 8:23 am

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Rest of My Rest

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9 feb  —  4hr48min
8 feb  —  3hr44min
7 feb  —  4hr13min
6 feb  —  4hr24min
5 feb  —  4hr32min
4 feb  —  3hr32min
3 feb  —  5hr24min
2 feb  —  6hr2min
1 feb  —  2hr54min
31 jan  —  4hr38min
30 jan  —  3hr55min
29 jan  —  4hr0min
28 jan  —  3hr58min
27 jan  —  4hr42min
26 jan  —  4hr8min
25 jan  —  5hr0min
25 jan  —  5hr0min
24 jan  —  3hr30min
23 jan  —  5hr5min
22 jan  —  4hr38min
21 jan  —  3hr40min
20 jan  —  5hr51min
19 jan  —  4hr41min
18 jan  —  3hr40min
17 jan  —  4hr51min

Recent records for my sleep, as measured by my Fitbit Flex, after subtracting out periods when the gadget considered me to be awake or restless. Is something near an average of 4 hours per night of rest enough?

An NIH publication suggests that healthy adults sleep on average 8-8.5 hours per night. Yeah, but is that counting all the time spent sleeping, or only the time that Fitbit would call restful sleep? Because I’m putting in close to 8 hours per night of time when I’m not consciously awake, so maybe I’m ok.

Shortly after college, upon learning that Edison slept about 4 hours each night (as reiterated in a recent article on sleep deprivation, I spent nearly a year restricting my sleep to 2 hours per day. I only ceased that habit when a close friend persuaded me to test how much better I would feel if I sleep closer to 8 hours per night for 1-2 weeks. After agreeing to his experiment, I felt no better than with my own routines . . . but then I found it impossible to return to that preferred routine, at best managing only stretches when I would do 4 hours per night. Even so, some of the ideas that I worked out during that one year have survived to fuel projects I work on to this day.

From November 1986 through December 1987, I averaged 100 hours per week of hard work, as I assisted the Administration and Congress in the development of pension funding reform. But I had little else to occupy my time those days, so I don’t recall too many short-sleep nights.

During my life I’ve experienced two periods of severe sleep deprivation. First, in 1991 I averaged about 40 minutes of sleep per night during the 30 days when I wrote my book. The result: I wound up in the hospital with total amnesia. Then almost exactly 20 years later, in 2011 after my shenanigans I experienced a period of zero sleep for a stretch that lasted upwards a week or more. The result: what the doc in charge of my head called organic brain syndrome. OK, the morale of that story seems to be to steer clear of sleep numbers that get too close to zero for much more than a few days in a row.

But was that 2-hour habit during my youth really so unhealthy? And more to the point for today, should I worry that Fitbit has me resting little more than Edison used to spend sleeping? Like, perhaps the chemicals that gave me hallucinations in 2011 and that crashed my head in 1991 are not all that disconnected with chemicals that can enhance creativity, when taken in moderation, relatively speaking. Just wondering . . .

//] - non compos mentis

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9 February 2015 at 4:09 pm

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Sleep Well, My Love

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Sleep well, my love. Sleep long into tomorrow.
May dreaming fill the changes in your night.

Maggie Weaver, Sleep Well, My Love

SuziQ left directly from our family’s late Christmas gathering last night to do an overnighter at the sleep clinic, on the advice of a doctor who suspects she suffers from sleep apnea. Sleep well, my love.

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5 January 2015 at 12:39 am

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