Unsurprisingly, it’s 4:30 pm and I’m feeling quite tired. Got melatonin while running errands this morning. When I worked in a neurologist’s office, we’d often prescribe melatonin to patients with sleep issues as a first step– starting at 3 mg, to be taken about 3 hours before bedtime to allow its effectiveness to kick in, if I recall correctly (of course it will vary depending on the individual’s biology–e.g., some metabolize products faster than others). So that’s what I’m doing now as a starting point; I got the chewy/gummy kind, since I hear it’s worked really well for a lot of people (who didn’t have as effective results with other forms of the drug).
The thing about melatonin is that it can take weeks to start showing effects, and melatonin is not an “everyday drug” as you’re supposed to eventually come off it after a couple weeks or so once your sleep stabilizes to avoid developing a dependency.
I’ve been having difficulties with fragmented sleep and insomnia. My guess is that having an inconsistent sleep schedule largely contributes to this, also the fact that I’m trying quite hard to push my bedtime up from my natural 3:00 am (I am a night owl) to 8:30 PM (and my bosses are morning larks). I’m hypothesizing that stabilizing my sleep will help with the sleep disruptions; and for my usually jam-packed schedule, sleep is everything. I’ve been trying to get a consistent schedule down for over a year now. I’m desperate.
Today my baby nephew’s books that I ordered came in. I love books so much and he seems to enjoy them too. Here are the books I got–
- A high contrast art book
- A poem that was turned into a book (about swinging), accompanied by beautiful high-contrast illustrations
- Sensory ABC book
- Sensory 123 book
- Sensory book about shapes
- Charlotte’s Web (I know it seems like I’m getting WAY ahead of myself with chapter books, but I like to read these to him while he’s falling asleep)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (loved Harry Potter– Did you know that JK Rowling has newly released another book, The Ickbog – very excited)
- A book about Pete the Cat; apparently children love this
For now I think I’ll lay off buying any more books for him, at least not until he starts getting bored with his collection (inevitably, his books will be used by his younger siblings and cousins– considering how big my family is, it’s well worth the investment imo).
Some more things about today that I’ll just put into bullet-point format–
So far today I’ve consumed 600 out of 800 calories. I have 200 left to go. My mom is making my favorite dish as I write, and the smell is SO INTOXICATING. I’ll probably end up going over my limit today (it is so hard to resist one’s favorites).
I was able to finish strength training exercises on both the upper and lower body regions. Hoping my core isn’t too sore tomorrow!
Gardening soon. Lately in the mornings the soil is moist and the grass, plants, etc. wet with dew. As a result I’ve been holding off on watering the garden until the sun’s had a bit of time to dry and parch things up. The garden is blooming, fruiting, etc., and we’re all very happy.
Today the sunflowers began opening up (yay.); still waiting on the watermelon. Mom doesn’t think we’ll have any this year because we planted late.
The last two things on my list are studying vocabulary and reading before sleep. Will have to remember to take my melatonin at 5:30 pm today.
Overall, a productive day; thank God.
Update: 1 hour later after melatonin and I’m about to knock out. It’s only 630 pm. Wow; I wasn’t expecting this....
Good night. I say that with a full face of makeup and having drowsily crawled into my pajamas.
Oh yeah, Jon sent a text. Will text him back tomorrow. Hope it works out between us.
Can’t help the fact that my brain is really responding to this. I feel so… unencumbered; that’s the word, and it’s glorious.
Last updated July 23, 2020