After working like a champ for two weeks, my FitBit now shows that I am sleeping soundly. NOT! I need to figure out what happened. But in the meantime, I started using SleepBot. It's a free app for iPhone and I think they have one for Androids.
This was last night. Doesn't look very restful, does it? I think this is why I feel so lethargic all day, every day. I have used Ambien for many years. When Dr. asked me to go off, I had no trouble. But after feeling so punk for so long, I think I do need some uninterrupted sleep. EVERYTHING looks better after a good night's sleep. Everything.
I never really knew how much sleep affects our health. WOW! It is responsible for so much in our lives. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
From the National Institutes of Health I learned sleep influences:
Healthy brain function
Emotional Well being
high blood pressure
ability to fight off minor illnesses
Daytime performance and safety
Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don't get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you're well-rested. (Hmmm ... this might help my WW venture ....)
Dr. just called me back. We had a good chat. He will prescribe Ambien but thinks we need to find out WHY I am waking up so much and fix that. Pain? Breathing?
CPAP here I come ...