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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-07 05:20
Subject: [cancer] Sleep
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Tags:cancer, child, health, personal
Friday and Saturday nights, I slept 17.75 hours combined. That was after a 90 minute nap on the plane Friday, as well. I have a lot of friends who suffer from various forms of insomnia and who think I'm nuts to complain about sleeping too much, but trust me, oversleeping can be a real problem, too.

This is a post-chemo feature of Being Jay Lake. When I'm feeling in fairly good health and things are going well, I am almost back down to my six hours per night of sleep to be fully rested and energetic. A little more like six and half to seven a lot of nights, but not the end of the world. But if I have a bad night, or I'm up too late/up too early (as with most of my travel days), I continue exhausted and feeling under slept until I knock out a couple of long, hard nights of sleep.

Friday and Saturday nights of this past weekend were make-up sleep from last Monday's travel day.

Excuse me, but that's ridiculous. I mean, it is what it is, and I try very hard to respect my body's needs. But Saturday night I just couldn't go to bed when I wanted to. [info]the_child needed my assistance on several projects, and the evening just ran long, long, long. So Sunday morning, I slept til 7 am, several hours later than I intended. That in turn robbed me of the time I'd planned to spend walking my two-hour loop, so I had to cut back to my ninety minute walk. Even then, I was running quite a bit later than planned, which rippled through my day, resulting ultimately in me being up later than planned Sunday night.

It feels like a frustrating waste of time, and makes it hard to plan my days and budget my available hours. I am a well-oiled schedule machine even on my loosest days. All this sleep is just a wrecking ball through the carefully crafted structure of that schedule.

Still, I sleep as much as I can when my body demands it. Anything else would be foolish. But, grr…

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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-05-07 13:57 (UTC)
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Sounds like you really need to put more stretch in your schedule to cope with this. In the long run you should end up with fewer problems with the schedule because you'll have fewer nights like Sunday where you rob yourself of needed sleep to get things done.
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torreybird
User: torreybird
Date: 2012-05-08 14:45 (UTC)
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My body thinks that 8-9 hours a night is the ideal.

Frustrating doesn't begin to cover it.

So much wasted life!
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