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My sleep issues continue to evolve. I’ve partially regained my ability to feel sleepy at least. I can’t seem to stay asleep for more than 4 hours at a time and the sleep isn’t great, but I can get up for half an hour or so and reset back to a sort of pick up sleep for another couple of hours. Often I wake up in even more pain, or anxiety than the first time, but I can usually get over it in another 20 minutes or so and then function well enough to go about my day. In recent years, when I’m feeling more or less okay, I sleep for about 5 hours. If something is wrong it’s sometimes over 8 hours of bad sleep and I don’t function very well. I’m kind of in a state that combines elements of each. I’m also sleeping at night, which I really dislike. My preferred sleep time is from 5AM till noon, or there abouts. For whatever reason I’ve always hated those sunrise hours till midday, so I try to sleep through them. I don’t know why I’m this way but it is what it is.
I think I may actually have to break down and have another sleep study done so I can get a new cpap machine. I’m not confident that replacing the motor on my old one is going to be enough. The idea is concerning though since it’s $1000 minimum for a study and then god knows how much for the new machine and whatnot after that. I know that I have to have one to sleep and not slowly deteriorate into complete madness & I’m not sure if that’s partly what’s already happening. When my blood oxygen dips consistently below a certain range I basically start to go slowly insane. Or maybe not so slowly. Of course my doctor just closed his office to move to a different area and it’s thrown my health care into a state of uncertainty. His new place is closer but the practitioners I liked that worked under him are all gone. It’s irritating to be sure.
Anyway, I guess I’ll just take care of it as I can. I can’t force any of this to get taken care of on my schedule I have to work inside the American health care system’s schedule, which is… Not ideal at the very least.

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I feel like Alex is a little bit projecting in this panel. To me, Bridgettes assessment is more about thinking Reggie is potentially a bit shallow, not Alex’s weight. I might be imagining that, though.

Fortunately for Alex, Reggie’s shallowness has been a learned behavior that he’s overcoming. It’s not what he’s actually into, just what he’s been told is right or wrong. His ACTUAL type is ‘intellectual’, from what I’ve seen.

I feel this comic. It’s very realistic, I’ve been on both sides of this conversation. I hope Madison really will forgive Alex so easy! You never really know

Ever since #1472 and Alex telling Maddie “We don’t have to turn this into another disaster I’ve wanted to see this play out.

Well, I’ve got my popcorn ready.

And I too feel Alex here.

Sympathy for your insomnia. I went through something really hard last year and I’m not over it and I went from an easy 8-10 per night down to a ragged 2-4. I’m not someone who wants to take a lot of pills or meds, so I looked at my lost book of herbal remedies and started to use mugwort. It’s a weed that grows wild all over the world and it has been used in old remedies for assisting with lucid dreaming, but I realized that making tea from dried leaves brouht me back to a rough 7h, which has been huge. I was a complete mess without sleep. Best of luck to you and I hope you can find some peace and rest

Almost 4 years ago my wife Gwen died. Now I’ve always been a nightowl, not ready to sleep until about midnight and having a hard time waking up before 8 or 9 AM. Gwen was the opposite, unable to stay up after about 9:30 and wide awakd at 6.
But after she died I started waking up aroung 5 or 6 AM and still being late to bed. I was a half-awake zombEs for much of the day but still staying up late.
I’ve never figured out why.

See if you can get a hold of doom CBN gummies/supplements. CBN is a cannabinoid that helps you stay to sleep – it’s in a lot the best gummies marketed as a sleep-aid. I use it (in addition to THC since I live in a state where it’s legal) and it’s helped a lot.

Many years ago, while teaching English in Japan, I met a mother/daughter team who said they only slept 4 hours a night. They got up about 3AM, worked for 6-8 hours then took a 4-hour “nap,” getting up in time to cook Papa-san’s dinner before he got home. When I tried to point out that they were still sleeping 8 hours a day, just in 2 shifts, they strenuously denied it: “Oh, no, we only sleep 4 hours a day.”

I dunno, maybe this story can help in some way?

What does your typical day look like? Do you exercise? What kind of food are you eating? Your clock sounds woefully misaligned, as the body sleeps best when it is dark. Are you at least able to create blackout conditions when you are sleeping?

I’m doing catch up and god Alex is relatable here. It’s so exhausting being bigger and getting surprised reactions to someone being interested. Like, intrusive thoughts do enough of that on their own without people also chiming in.

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