Over the past few days I have been experimenting with something new (I’m always experimenting with something new, it seems like).

This is a new array of supplements in the morning, right when I wake up with my coffee, and then another couple with breakfast. I always have a goal with this stuff, and a little bit of background to see WHY I’ve been experimenting with what seems like my whole life is probably necessary. It’s always been about feeling extremely tired in the afternoon, and sleeping for 12-14 hours at a time if I go uninterrupted.

Moreover, when I wake up in the morning, I would feel very nauseous and spend the first few hours of the day nursing myself back to health. On the other hand, if I woke up at my natural time I would wake up feeling ashamed of myself, and lose part of the day to the anger and sadness that I have been wasting all my free time in bed.

Part of the problem was that I wasn’t eating healthy or exercising. About 8 months ago (thank god), I came to my senses, suddenly, and threw away all of the weed that I bought (AT THE STORE, MIND YOU; I live in Portland, Oregon) and started exercising everyday. When I say everyday, I mean EVERY DAY. I also read a book called Fit For Life and applied the principles in the book.

Suddenly, my life started to change! Unfortunately, my sleeping issues persisted, along with some other stuff, such as problems with attention, anxiety, and depression. On 4/7 I started taking a new formulation of melatonin that I purchased and the next day I noted “The night of the 7th I had some horrifying dreams that were vivid, but it started me on a path to waking up earlier. This is good for me because my mental health can’t stand being a night owl.” on the 8th, because it was the first day that I was able to wake up at a reasonable time.

Since then, I’ve fallen asleep at around 6 PM, 7 PM, and last night I fell asleep at 9 PM, along with taking naps when I get tired in the afternoon. That’s not the surprising thing though. The surprising thing is that I’ve started to wake up at 4:30 AM feeling refreshed! This is new for me. I have always peeled myself off of my mattress angrily grumbling about wanting to kill myself, and if I ever laid back down I’d be asleep for another 3 or 4 hours, at least.

After finding myself able to wake up at a reasonable time everyday, I set myself to the task of eliminating naps. This means having more energy to complete tasks during the day. Let me just report one very important thing, and it’s a recurring thing in the Fit For Life book I mentioned earlier.

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