Question: "What do you do everyday?"

A very common question I get asked, in the top three of most frequent that I get asked in fact, is what my daily life is like. For the most part the answer is the exact same day-to-day. 

I'll wake up at a varying time. Somewhere between 4AM and 7PM, it ranges on how much energy I have that day and if I overexerted myself the day before, or if I'm feeling ill or if it is hot. Once I wake up, I'll usually try to eat breakfast or lunch, whatever time is more appropriate. In my mind though, any time you can enjoy the taste of a cup of coffee means that mealtime is breakfast. Logically, all meals should be breakfast then. After breakfast, I'll usually walk back upstairs and take my morning medicines. There's quite a lot of them, and they need to be taken with food otherwise I feel unreasonably nauseous. 

After breakfast and pills, typically  I'll sit on my bed and play PS5 for the remainder of the day until it's dinner time. Depending on my energy, I'll either a) go downstairs a few times just to look outside, walk around the pool, or see my parents and dogs, b) go back to sleep because I don't have the physical energy to endure the day, c) watch a movie or show if I don't have the intellectual energy to play a video game that requires thoughts and interaction, or d) talk to friends online and do any of the above activities . If I have the energy, I will help prepare some of the ingredients for dinner. I'll usually avoid the actual cooking step though because the heat takes an immeasurable toll on my body and drains all energy from me very quickly. If I end up cooking or prepping on a hot day, the next day I'll usually be asleep in my room all day. 

Once dinner is ready, eaten, and over, I'll take my evening medicine and repeat my afternoon routine for a shorter duration. After which, I usually like to wind down with a show, movie, or something interesting to read. When it is actually time for bed though, I won't be able to fall asleep naturally because of primary insomnia. That means for no other reason than my body does not enter delta-wave sleep easily, I'll take my ambien or a different class of sedative to help induce sleep. It's ironic that I cannot sleep or actually get "restful sleep" (research deep sleep or delta-sleep) naturally but my body will easily be drained of energy. After the sleep medicine kicks in, it's shut-eye in the dark with a faint green light from the pacemaker monitor in my room, and then goodnight. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are used to take Ambien and it made me hallucinate. I take a new kind of medicine for insomnia. I just started taking it. I’ll have to text you the name of it. It works really good. I’m a real Overthinker in my mind never shuts off and this new medicine is helping me sleep really good well better than I was. I went from three hours of sleep tonight to five hours of sleep at night

Brady said...

I'm glad you're finding better results with a new medicine. I recently tried Belsomra and had a bad experience with it for a few days. The problem with these medicines is that they definitely are not one-size-fits-all.