Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bad sleep

For some problems, the medical community which serves me moves very slowly. I have such a problem now. I go thru periods where during a night I will not get sufficient sleep. As a result of insufficient sleep, the following day I may fall asleep at any moment. Without warning. Bam! I am asleep.

I have written about this sleep problem before. To you, my blog readers.

I have reported this sleep problem to my primary doctor, asking for sleep medication. I told my doctor that I want to take this sleep medication only when I need it badly. Not every nite. Only on nites when when I have a problem.

My doctor responded with a prescription for me to attend a sleep instruction class. I completed that class, and got some good from what I learned. My main achievement was to understand how discipline in sleep and eating habits might affect my sleep quality. And this knowledge helped me.

But from time to time I needed sleep medication. And my primary doctor continued to refuse me a sleep medication prescription. Last Wednesday I had terrible sleep. I only slept 3 hours and 20 minutes according to the Sleep Cycle App on my iPhone. Click [here] to learn about Sleep Cycle.

Accident
While driving my Honda home from the YMCA last Thursday about noon, I dozed off while coming to a stop for a traffic signal. I believe that I was traveling less than 3 miles per hour. I woke up to find that my Honda had hit the rear of a car that was stopped for the light. The bag came out from the Honda's steering wheel. The bag propellant smelled terrible. And I felt like a damned idiot.

The lady driver in the Hyundai that I hit was pissed. "Didn't you see that the traffic was stopped?", she asked. I would not tell her that I fell asleep at the wheel. Instead, I apologized and asked her if she was hurt. She wasn't.

Insurance
After I exchanged info with the lady driving the Hyundai, I phoned Esurance to report the accident. I found a list of recommended collision repair shops on the Esurance web site, and picked one that had great online reviews.

My Honda is scheduled back at Elite Auto Collision Repair Center [link] this coming Monday morning.

11 comments:

  1. George glad you were not hurt, but sorry for your accident. Can you see a different Dr. I hope you get the help you need soon.

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  2. George, my advice is to NOT take sleep medication if at all possible. A loved one of mine took the prescription sleep medication Ambien, which is known to make some people do things as if awake while actually asleep. He went out walking on the coldest night of the year with no shoes and in an undershirt. He somehow fell in the shallow pond in front of the house (which is fully lighted at night) and drowned. If you will go online and read, there are multiple stories of people who drove and got in accidents while asleep, went outside completely undressed, etc while taking Ambien. In this case, the cure is as bad as the illness.

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    1. Kathy,
      I took your suggestion and did a Google search, "Problems with Ambien".

      I came up with several horrifying stories of people who did terrible things after using Ambien. I am scheduled to meet with my Kaiser primary doctor this coming Monday. I will discontinue Ambien until I talk with my doctor.

      George

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  3. Have you had a sleep study? I had one and now sleep with a CPAP. I sleep much better now.

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    1. Wendy,
      I just received a letter from Kaiser Permanente instructing me to phone for a Sleep Clinic appointment. The clinic will provide actual testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

      I will call for an appointment this coming week.

      George

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  4. My Husband has a CPAP machine and it has improved his sleep greatly.

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  5. Stay off the road until this is addressed

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  6. So sorry to hear of your troubles with the car, George - and happy to be reading your blog again! Dang! Wish there was a train from SD up here to Jojoba Hills - would love to show you the place. Hopefully one of these days I can just come and get you and drive you up here! (I am writing this on your old computer - of course! Many, many thanks for it. Hope you are having a (other than today's event) happy holiday season... P

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  7. I just got a cpap mask and machine from Kaiser and it is helping me to sleep through the night. I chose the nasal pillow type of mask.

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  8. George, that sounds like what my sister had. She did the sleep test, got a CPAP machine, and is able to drive anywhere. She couldn't drive before that because she would fall asleep. Changed her life! Ann M

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