Health Sleep Apnea

Sleep inertia

Wow, imagine that. There is an actual, documented medical condition which explains why I can’t take naps. Well, I can take a nap, but when I wake up I feel even more tired than I did before napping. I feel like I can’t think clearly, and I feel very clumsy. It’s a horrible feeling, bad enough that I almost never take naps – even when I really need some extra sleep.

Turns out, this is a fairly-well-known phenomenon known as Sleep Inertia. Per “Sleep inertia is a physiological state characterised by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess, immediately following an abrupt awakening from deep sleep. Typically, sleep inertia lasts between 1 and 30 minutes.”

I guess I had always assumed this was due to my sleep apnea. Though I feel like crap after a nap even if I hook myself up to the CPAP machine, so I guess I should’ve realized it wasn’t that.

I swear… maybe Dao is trying to tell me that I shouldn’t sleep! That means more time for video games. [grin]

Diet Exercise Habits

June 12, 2005: Holding on

Weight: 328
Difference from last entry: 0

Well, things could definitely be worse! As I said in my last entry, the most important thing that I needed to do was to realize that I had lost control over what I was eating, and try to correct that. Not try to start losing weight again. There’s nothing more dangerous than trying to force one’s self to lose weight when one isn’t motivated. That’s the type of thing that leads to binges and stark increases in weight. I have first-hand experience with this.

Instead, my goal was to try and limit the bad stuff that I was eating. To have, for example, one donut instead of four in a morning. To have one soda in the afternoon, instead of three. And I have done this. I am controlling and limiting what I am eating to what is, for me, a more normal level. Now that I’ve regained control, I plan on holding on until I get motivated enough to start trying to lose again.

I have found a new way to get some exercise into my routine: taking Colin to the park! We’ll walk to the a park that’s a good 10 minute (or so) walk. So that’s 20 minutes not just walking, but pushing Colin in his stroller. Add in some running around the park, and it is a decent workout. Hell, compared to the activity I normally do, it’s a marathon!

So yeah, I’m holding on. But things are definitely looking better.


June 2, 2005: off-track

Weight: 328
Difference from last entry: +4

Oops. This isn’t a surprise: any time that I take extended absence from this journal, I’m probably not behaving. And that is most definitely true this time around. Though it didn’t start out this way. The first two weeks after my last entry, I was doing well. We were following the eDiets meal plans to the letter, and I felt like I had lost an extra pound or two. But the next two weeks were bad. My sweet tooth kicked in at about 1000x, and I succombed. Big time.

But I’ve been through this before. The steps to getting back on track are easy:
1) realize that I’m off track
2) become more cognizant of what I’m eating
3) slowly pull myself back onto track.

I’m already at step #1. Recovery is just around the corner.