Our world is constantly changing, and so is our society. Social practices are changing all the time. What men wouldn’t dream of doing 10 years ago is slowly becoming commonplace. The 21st century man is able to express his feelings and emotions, cook, decorate, and dress stylishly, all while maintaining his masculinity. So where does that leave you? If you are visiting this blog, you're probably looking for some tips on how to improve your lifestyle. This is your chance to get started.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sleeping is the Enemy?

I recently wrote an article on sleep and sleep disturbances, and was surprised at how many responses I got. I am a new blogger and don’t have many readers yet, but when I get 5 or more comments right now, I consider that a lot.

A huge number of people suffer from sleeping disorders. It is estimated that over 12 million suffer from Insomnia alone. There are many medications used for sleep, most are some type of anti-anxiety or anti-depressant. Even if the sufferer does not feel depressed these medications work well, because one of the side effects is somnolence. I am currently taking a medication called Remeron which seems to help me sleep through the night most nights, although I sleep longer than I used to.

Not getting enough sleep can also cause a plethora of problems, such as irritability, making mistakes at work and home, traffic accidents, and most recently scientist and researchers have discovered that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Naps taken in the middle of day can make a marked difference in a persons overall daily performance, although it is important to awaken refreshed each day so you can eat healthy and have the stamina for some exercise even if it is just a walk.


Blogger Natasha said...

i have trouble sleeping 2. i have tried all kinds of stuff, taking ambien right now.

3:29 PM

Blogger cedia said...

Have you tried sex??

Kidding...... but not really.

11:03 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

it's true cedia... nothing puts me to sleep like a good healthy orgasm.

Neel.. i love the word plethora. i don't think it's used enough.

i took the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL for nearly a year. it made me jittery. it robbed me of sleep and put me in a state of paranoia.

i don't sleep well now, but i think it's more to do with my bed being too hard. and for the past few nights, i've actually felt like i was going to die, just before i dozed off.

5:00 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

i pee my pants if i get more than 3 comments on one post.

that's from excitement.. not incontinence.

5:03 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Cedia, does it count if it's with yourself? *Kidding*

Are you offering?

Oh btw, i fixed the links on that post read it again, it will make more sense.

5:42 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Ms Laughs you crack me up.... here comes a bunch of comments! What are you currenly taking? Trazadone can do weird things like what you were mentioning, also have you been tested for sleep apnea? My test came back positive. I have chosen not to wear a CPAP for now, going to have a septoplasy and some other nasal operation to clear cysts in my sinuses, so we shall see how I sleep after that.

5:45 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

Neel.. i am currently taking NOTHING.. other than my vitamins.

i'm winging it, i've decided i flow more creatively as a manic depressant...

i've been OK without meds..

no really.

6:11 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

i still think you'd make CPAPs look sexy.

6:12 PM

Blogger transience said...

ah. tips and tidbits make helluva blog. so glad to have dropped by here. followed your link from my blog, neel, and i have full-fledged stalker tendencies.

8:02 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Transience, so glad to have a new reader, I too enjoy your blog!

Ms. Laughs, more power to you for not taking meds. Unfortunately I have tried most everything and if I dont take them I dont sleep.

8:36 PM

Blogger cedia said...

Good with the links. Yes, one of them wasn't working for a while.

10:49 PM

Blogger cedia said...

I can offer you my play-with-yourself-sound-bites. =)

10:49 PM

Blogger cedia said...

Hey.. after I play with myself, I sleep better. So it works! Don't tell me you never noticed..

11:21 PM

Blogger gulnaz said...

hey thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, hope you visit again...i'll be back certainly 'coz i liked yours. :)

btw, sleeping pills harm over the long run...try other methods, like reading a boring book or listening to someone tell stories of their neighbours's favourite cousin's dresses. :)

11:41 PM

Blogger Neel said...

C - Yes, i have noticed that

12:28 AM

Blogger Roger Stevens said...

Sleeping's not too bad for me. I usually wake up a couple of times to go to the loo (not due to excitement, MSL) but then Jill does the same. Then we wake one another up. And it kinda escalates.
When Judy (our dog) was younger she used to wake up, too, and have to go outside. So it did get very busy in our bedroom.

Good to see you on my blog, Neel. Wasn't sure which of your three blogs to visit.

What kind of music do you play then? Wonky Finger's sort of poppy rock. There'll be some samples on the Rabbit Press site soon if you'd like to hear them - just waiting for my clever nephew to fix it for me.

4:55 AM

Blogger Lorena said...

hi neel, sorry to hear you have that problem. i had it once years ago but only for a few months. good luck.

thanks for visiting my blog. look forward to visiting again!

10:28 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Hi Gulnaz, thank you for visiting me on here, It's great having new readers. I will surely be back to your blog.

11:06 AM

Blogger Neel said...

roger, thanks for stopping by, that means a lot to me. My music is a fairly poppy a bit the verve.

i will post some of my lyrics, then some short stories and perhaps poems in hopes to be seen on the rabbit press site!

11:09 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

neel.. i could wear you out. ;)

11:53 AM

Blogger iamnasra said...

Well for me is the opposite...I feel there more for me to do that really do I need any sleep..Nice blog..hey you are getting almost 20 comments...I wish I can get at leat 5 that will be something

11:58 AM

Blogger Natasha said...

well, i told u b4 that i have trouble sleeping. wow, you do have a lot of comments, and they are all from girls!!!

12:11 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Hi Lorena, and welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ms. Laughs, I may sound delicate at times, but I'm not!

Nasra, before sleeping medication I was known for sleeping 4 about 4 hours a night. Thanks for visiting, we will see if we can get your readership up together!

Natasha, too much! You are a crack up!

1:28 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Cedia, tell me more.... tell me more!

3:25 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

that's good neel.. i tend to eat delicate men for breakfast..

the tougher ones.. i save for lunch. ;)

however.. YOU look like dessert.

a hot neel sundae. HA!

5:41 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

the girls love ya neel.

there's something about a man that can cook.

5:42 PM

Blogger transience said...

excellent! this is like a regular harem.

6:06 PM

Blogger robi said...

Anyone who says read a boring book, exercise, drink milk, try to think calm thoughts has no idea what its like to have sleeping problems. Some of its mental but it can also be metabolic as well as genetic. I routinely go through Insomnia fits where I will sleep maybe 4 or 5 hours in 5 days. Some of my friends who are in the same industry go.. “Wow cool you must get so much work done” but they just don’t get it. Your tired as hell but you just can not sleep. In my case most sleeping pills don’t work so I don’t even bother any more. I have sort of learned to just try to work around the issue. I do get allot of reading done.

1:50 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Robi is right. It is very hard to understand unless you have gone through it. If I didnt take medication I would get very little sleep, I did test positive for sleep apnea, which means my sleep is constantly interrupted resulting in poor sleep quality and chronic sleep deprivation.

1:59 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

yep.. Robi's got a point. i thought i was going to lose my mind after not getting enough sleep for months on end while on Welbutrin. i was unproductive at work.. i felt like CRAP!

i don't have too much of a problem now, but it could be better. i wake up several times throughout the night. at these times, i reach down and pet my dog or i flip over on my back (tummy sleeper) and meditate. you know that advert "if i could just get to sleep NOW, i could get 2 hours..." that's me probably 3x a week.

it is a lot better than it used to be, hence the reason for lack of complaint on my end. that and i hate going to the doctor.

2:24 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

oh and i think if you create a "My List" on amazon, you can put it in your blog.. I THINK! don't quote me on that.

2:35 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Ms. Laughs, thanks again for all your posts. I may give wearing the cpap a try.

7:51 PM

Blogger Carrie said...

thank you...I too suffer from insomnia...useful information from you, checked out your links.

7:55 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Glad to have helped Mitzee. I was looking over the posts and I think it's important to point out that there are many types of sleeping problems as well as varying degrees.

Some problems are psychological as some people have pointed out, but there are also physiological problems like apnea.

12:14 AM

Blogger exile said...

i'm one of those people that even sex doesn't put me out (putting out not putting you out? irony)

the only way i find that i can get a good nights sleep is to just stay up as long as possible, then sleep an entire day. granted i stay up for nearly a day and a half, but atleast it results in one good night's sleep.

of course if i had me own little minx around, that would probably wear my ass out.

12:25 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Exile, thanks for visiting my blog. There are a few little minxes on here, we will have to set you up with one.

I barely slept the night before last, and can totally relate to waht you are saying. I got about 9 hrs last night, with the help of some meds.

6:53 PM

Blogger gusgreeper said...

i used to take remeron, it would knock me out, i started to get really paranoid on it though so i went off. now, for aniexty i take clonazapan but find that i pretty much only take if i have trouble sleeping, i already take and antidepressient so i tend to rebel against having to take anything else, whether it helps shit or not.

4:18 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Spock, I used to take remeron too. But before I started taking it I would sleep between 4 and 6 hours a night after I started taking it I had to sleep like 10 to 12, so I stopped it, plus it made me hungry and gave me a sweet-tooth at night. I have been taking a small does of Lorazepam, which works great, you might try it, its an anti-anxiety med.

6:44 PM


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