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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Not to be anal but. . .

In order to comfortably live with a brain injury, I've had to become so in certain aspects of my life. That is early to bed, early to rise -only early to rise if I sleep deeply enough during the night, and typically that only happens if I abide by the following rules:

  1. Go to sleep when I'm tired but not overly tired
  2. Eat healthy at least three hours before bed (NO SALT or SUGAR)
  3. Sleep when I'm not too full but feel no hunger
  4. My mind has to be clear (if I just had a heavy conversation or watched an intense movie, I will have trouble sleeping)
For the last three days, I've felt sickly tired, as if a metal bar is blasted through my head. I believe this is mostly because I haven't been careful about my sleeping and eating schedule. If I was smart, I'd never EVER deviate from my schedule because I feel like death warmed over if I do and happy-pleased-with-my-life when I don't . . . therefore, I'm changing my ways starting NOW. I need to clean my brain-injury mess by sticking to my rituals.


veganwannabe said...

Hi! Boy, can I relate to this post. I've been a wreck lately and basically useless at work because I have not been following my own rules about sleep. Also, I had never tried the no salt/sugar routine; but, am going to try that too. You've inspired me to get back on the wagon. Ann

Jennifer Mosher said...

Good luck!
After my post, I didn't abide by my own rules and tried to go to sleep after eating several chocolate cookies. Needless to say, I was miserably exhausted the next day because I had a worthless sleep (no sugar no salt is one of the keys).