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Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 7:29pm

Yes thanks, FA, my days are much better, & so is my energy level. It's much less effort to force myself to do my normal daily things.

According to everything I've read about these cd's, I should hopefully be able to work up to the 7 to 9 hours the dr. wants me to get.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 7:13pm

Patricia, getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep is indeed a vast improvement.  I'm glad to hear the cd's are working for you.  I understand your apprehension of using drugs to help you sleep.  Getting that additional sleep certainly must make you feel better throughout the day.  Hopefully over time you'll be able to extend your sleep to longer periods.

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

Thanks Joan, but have plenty of cd's already with more in my 'to purchase' list for variety, but of course can't buy them all at the same time.

Napping does not happen & I am home all the time other than going shopping for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. Opportunity is there, but it doesn't make me sleep & day time sleeping was never an issue before.

My optimal time for sleep used to be from about 4 or 5 a.m. until 10:30-11 a.m. but no more. I have always been a night person & made to feel very guilty about deliberately not going to bed at 'normal' times, but over the years got past it & slept at my own timetable.

After developing the fibromyalgia, & having cancer treatments, with 5 years of meds, sleep has been almost impossible so formal diagnosis of sleep deprivation was no surprise.

The cd's are working very well as I am sleeping for about 4 or 5 hours most times, & although it is broken sleep, I can go back to sleep, which wasn't happening before. Compared to the hour or two I've been living with for years, it's a big improvement!

My heart thing has even settled down a lot as well, so as long as I can sleep some with the cd's playing, so be it.

Yes, I've read the PAT information & printed some of it as well.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

Mindy, I've had to wear a heart monitor a couple of times in the past.  Throughout the years (starting in my early 20's) I've had periods of tachycardia (fast heart rate).  In later years I experienced anxiety and occasional panic attacks.  Through it all, and after having stress tests and EKG's, it was extremely reassuring to learn that I have a normal, strong heart.  And starting on high blood-pressure medication a few years ago has pretty much eliminated any problems I was having. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 6:29pm

Patricia, I have spent much of the past year in bed, asleep and I just wish I could wrap up a package to send you. Are you able to nap? Even short naps, perhaps. I know it is the deep sleep you really need and napping won't do it. However, if that helps then go for it. 

Are you able to stay home to take naps? I am so grateful that I am able to sleep during the day. And I have Cary who is an outstanding cook. Do you have such assistance. 

Jeez, I wish I could help you solve your sleep problems. Well, I can just say I care about you and hope all goes well for you. 

What Is Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia?

There are nine paragraphs of information here, if you haven't already found it. I looked to see treatments and I assume you have a good heart doctor.

I had irregular heart beats that were successfully treated with a pace maker. It doesn't seem to be the treatment for your condition.

Do you need help in finding more delta/theta wave sleep cd's? 

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 5:57pm

I don't want drugs as I react badly to a lot of them, don't want to risk dependence, & they don't work a lot of the time anyway, which is why I'm using the delta/theta wave sleep cd's.

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 5:49pm
Joan, your words are not intrusive at all! I am grateful for your response. You are right!
Patricia, I'm glad you got a diagnosis. I'm sorry you have severe sleep-deprevation. That would be awful. I hope they can do something for it!
Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 4:12pm

I was diagnosed with 'PAT'.....nice of them to name something after me....hahahaha!!!!!

Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), & one of the causes may be my severe sleep deprivation, which is why my dr. insisted I treat that first before we go any further. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

Mindy, I am sure you keep track of your heart rate and pay attention to how you feel! It is better to wear a heart monitor than not know when you are in trouble. until it is too late. 

One thing about cancer, paying attention to feelings occurring in my body becomes second nature. Little twitches here, feelings of ants crawling up inside my legs, all are red flags telling me I have to pay attention to what is happening and make adjustments if I need to. Diabetes is a good indicator, too, giving off all kinds of signals that could be easily missed.

I don't know why I am telling you this, you know all about these things with your son's condition. So, just ignore my intrusive words and do what you know to be best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

 

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