Thursday, May 07, 2009

Weekly craft update: getting there

The blanket is getting there. Still got a foot or so to knit, but I'm nearly done with it. Then I can get on with my other craft projects. I'd have been further along with it, but with attempting to sort my sleep pattern (or lack of) and various other things - which I will post about soon - I haven't spent as much time on it as I'd like to. But it's getting there... Honest! :)

Tori

8 comments:

MarmiteToasty said...

When you have sorted your sleep pattern out could you come and sort mine out for me lol

x

AliceKay said...

While you're at it, Tori...mine could use a little help, too. :)

You'll get it figured out soon. *hugs*

Celticspirit said...

I've got about a foot to go on mine too Tori, maybe less. I'm betting you finish before me since I've been working on mine for such a long time and now I'm stepping it up so I can just get it done.
As far as your sleep patterns go have you ever tried taking Melatonin? It's great for relaxing and helping me get to sleep plus they have found out that it's also a great antioxidant as well.

Tori_z said...

Toasty:
"If" I ever get the sleep pattern sorted, I'll be too busy sleeping. ;)

AK:
I probably wont, actually.

Barb:
I don't want to take anything to force me to sleep. Besides, it will only work for as long as I take it. As soon as I stop taking it I'll be back to not sleeping properly again. Apparently the best I can hope for (according to doctors and my brother) is to figure out the times I get tired, and try and plan my day around that so that I get some sleep. Lack of light perception means lack of day/night input for the body to base its sleeping routine on.

Kati said...

Tori, actually Barb may be onto something with the melatonin. Melatonin and Seratonin are two chemicals that our bodies produce naturally that help regulate our sleeping and waking cycles. Oftentimes, folks here in Alaska will resort to Melatonin during the summer to help suppliment their bodies due to the unusual amounts of light. And, when a person has flown cross-country and their body's sleep-cycles are all messed up, the melatonin can be taken just a bit before bed-time to kinda trick the body into thinking that it actually IS bed-time, even though the body is on a different time-schedual. After a couple of days on the "fake" melatonin, the body naturally starts acting as if that time schedual were it's normal way.

So, taking melatonin MAY actually help. Something to discuss with your Dr anyway. Taking it regularly for a couple of weeks, just before bedtime, MAY help get your body used to a surge in melatonin at that time and used to expecting THAT to be bed-time and therefore tired enough to sleep. Again, it's not like a drug that fools your body into thinking it IS tired, it's the actual chemical that our bodies secrete as we approach the end to our day. Sometimes things get out of whack, and our bodies stop secreting this chemical at the right time, and taking the suppliments can help us get back on track. Again, I would definitely discuss this with your Dr. As well as the fact that even though your EYES cannot see sunlight, your body can FEEL sunlight, and sunlight is the promptor that causes our bodies to produce Seratonin (the "awake" chemical, the way melatonin is the "sleep" chemical). Getting outside right away every morning and getting a few minutes sunshine (or, at least daylight) may help your body adjust as well. (Or, a natural light bulb to sit in front of.) As your body gets used to melatonin being "there" at night, and seratonin being prompted to be produced in the morning...... Well anyway, I'd definitely talk to the Dr. if it were me.

Best of luck!!!

Tori_z said...

Kati:
Very interesting comment. Thanks for the info. I'll definately give it some thought and not dismiss Barb's idea so quickly.

Intense Guy said...

*Hugs*

I hope you are sleeping more regularly soon.

Tori_z said...

That makes two of us, Iggy. ;)