Just as I am a big advocate for my own nutrition, I am one for my own health. After my doctor appointment, I started doing some research on two of the meds she wanted me to take and decided against them, for now. I want to revisit the meds with her when I go back in a couple weeks. Part of that decision was also made because she completely changed my blood pressure meds and upped my thyroid med. I want my body to have a chance to see how it's going to handle those basic things before I add in anything else. The other part is that I'm not quite convinced that I need additional meds.
I honestly feel that there is something underlying that no one has been able to pick up on and if I could get whatever that issue is fixed, other areas may respond.
Last week, just before our Good Friday break, a coworker came into my office and held out a FitBit. Her husband had bought her the newest model and she had this extra lying around. She told me she wanted me to take it and try it - not for the calorie or water or step counting, but to wear as a sleep tracker. She said she'd been thinking long and hard about some of the things I'd shared and she remembered how for a long while, I've been complaining about my sleep.
She just may be onto something. Here are four days worth of charts which you can read as follows: pink means awake, turquoise means restless and not sleeping well, blue means sleeping. I knew it was bad, but had no idea just how bad it is!!
Based on the first couple of charts, I decided to buy myself the FitBit Charge HR which also shows heart rate, and instead of having to set the sleep, it automatically senses your sleep when your heartrate drops. So the Sunday-Monday chart is the first using the Charge. Still no better though.
The bottom line is, this is just terrible. Now we're all trying to figure out how I even manage to function on 4-5 hours of sleep, none of which is steady sleep. Who on earth spends 240 minutes restless during the night? Ridiculous. I'd bet if I could get 6 hours of mostly straight sleep, I'd feel like Superwoman! Mr. Helen was so distressed by my Saturday-Sunday chart he told me to go back to bed. (Couldn't had too much to do.) And how sad to say this is my sleep with melatonin in my system.
My co-worker (who is also a certified trainer) said she thinks a lot of this is why the usual formulas are just not working for me. I don't know what is right and what is wrong, but I do feel like I'm onto something. Now if I can just find someone who knows what to do with this information, maybe I'll get the body and fitness I deserve.