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This really sucks
Today is a pot luck lunch at work. Last night I went shopping on the way home, and when I came out of the store we'd received a couple of inches of snow. Heavy, wet snow that was coming down hard and fast. So when I got home I made a pot of chili. While that was simmering I made dinner, tried to relax, and I managed to crash sometime before 3. Not too bad... except that a bit before 6 I woke up. Same as I have the past couple of days - a pounding headache waking me up from a dead sleep. I took Excedrin and the headache is mostly gone. I tried getting back to sleep, but I was wide awake. Now, a couple of hours later, I feel like I could sleep again. Except if I do that I'll never get up for work. So today is going to suck, more than yesterday.

Oh, yeah, and I have to shovel out before I can leave.

I am: tired tired
Current Media: Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down - Recoil

stophittinyrslf From: stophittinyrslf Date: February 4th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
eesh... glad to hear the excederin kicked in, in any case. great sympathies on the finally feeling well enough to sjeep but knowing if you do, you'll never get up for important deadline thing... same thing happened to me yesterday and again today.

(... there's really no real point to this comment.)

lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: February 4th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
j_b From: j_b Date: February 4th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've been living a similarly shitty pattern for the past several weeks (I work a 4 day night shift, 11:30p-9:30a). The nastiest thing about sleep dep and stress is the tendency for them to become a vicious circle, because I find that when I get home, even if I should be exhausted, I end up laying there with my mind spinning, and if I get online, I can piss away hours. I bought some costco brand sleeping pills, but I only take 'em when I've got a clear 9 hrs of uninterrupted sleep available to me. I also bought a mask to stop me from seeing the sunlight that comes into my room through the closed curtains. But it still sucks.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 4th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah - I get home after working long hours, I'm fucking exhausted - but I can't just go to sleep. Because my mind is like a wound up flywheel and it takes a while to spin down. If I try to go to bed like that it just induces insomnia, I'll toss and turn until I *can't* sleep, then I'm fucked.

I either have to unwind - watch some TiVo, surf, etc - or I have to be literally exhausted to the 'pass out' point where I just drop if I let myself so much as blink. Of course, that makes driving home at night fun.
wednes From: wednes Date: February 4th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I hate pot luck lunch.

No one ever brings pot, and as such, I have no luck.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: February 5th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Someone actually did bring pot to a potluck my friend went to. In the spaghetti sauce. Language-barrier issue. As it was also around the same time that my friend was proposing to his wife, it made things very interesting. :)
wednes From: wednes Date: February 5th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Just so long as everyone was informed...
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Stay away from Excedrin if you're having trouble sleeping, it has caffeine in it.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 4th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I know - but Excedrin kills my headaches like nothing else I've used - Tylenol, Alieve, etc. And normally caffeine doesn't keep me up, at least not that small a dose.

Well, there was the one time I took *four* Alieve in a short time frame. I couldn't nailed my hand to my desk and not cared - z_gryphon tells that story better than me, mostly because I was flying high as a kite on painkiller at the time so the incident is fuzzy.

It wasn't deliberate - I was at work, in 1995 or so, and had a BAD headache and nothing for it. A co-worker offered me a bottle of Alieve that had been rattling around her purse, or desk, or something and the instructions were wiped out. Every other pain killer I knew was 'take two' - so I did. A while later my head was still killing me - so I took too more, knowing from past experience with doctors that doing that once with Excedrin, Tylenol, etc, is OK.

A while later my headache was gone... as was I.
broken_gizmo From: broken_gizmo Date: February 4th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)