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Turned off my ringer, slept 11 hours. - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
Turned off my ringer, slept 11 hours.
Unfortunately those hours were 3pm to 2am.

Lately I've been having difficulty getting to sleep. Part of it is often not going to sleep when I really feel like going to sleep and then missing the opportunity. I've used Ambien and Melatonin and sometimes both at once, but I've also seen for myself how addicting Ambien can be. I'm learning to sleep on my own, sometimes.

Monday morning was one morning it took me much of the night to get myself in a state when I could sleep. Given what I had scheduled for Monday I could only see getting about 3 hours sleep, but at least three well appreciated hours of sleep. 11am, two hours into my nap, the phone rings.

Caller: "Hi Dave. Did you just call me a minute ago?
FIXX: "[caller's name], no... no I did not. You already know I'm usually asleep this time of the morning anyway.
Caller: Cuz the phone just rang and I could not see who was on the caller ID and [I cut her off]
FIXX: "Stop! [caller's name] Just stop! I've told you not to call me to ask if I called you. If you ever think I called you, just put it in an email and tell me you think I might have called you at #:##am, but don't call me back to ask. You are the only person who does this. You wake me up and it is taking a toll on my health. I've ask you to stop doing this last year, but you'd even done this several times since the start of this year. It has to stop. I don't want to have to get Call Block just to keep you from waking me up!"

The crazy thing is that never in my entire life have I ever called her and hung up. So, NEVER has she ever been correct when she has called me to ask if I called her and hung up. This is some sort of memory/brain disorder thing that causes her to imagine that this is a reasonable procedure. I know this person (who is able to read this btw) has a pretty severe memory disorder and this is why I've been even this patient with her. I had hoped to train her out of this "procedure" of calling everyone she can think of who might have called her.

At this point I'm seriously considering asking her husband (who I don't get along with) to place the caller ID somewhere she can't get to it. She has a caller ID box and in the past she's claimed to be responding to a call in which she claimed I called and hung up, and then found my number on the caller ID. When I would press her to look closer at the caller ID she'd reveal that the date of the call is also revealed showing the call to be several days earlier.

I suppose the smartest thing at this point is to either get in the habit of turning off all ringers before going to bed and also getting call block for frequent offenders like her, just in case I occasionally forget to turn off the ringers.


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amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: June 5th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Melatonin is not habit forming, and neither is Rozerem (you might have seen the cute-overload commercials for it with Abe Lincoln, a groundhog, and an inexcplicable diving-suit guy in the background...)

Ambien is actually one of the less addictive prescriptions sold, less so than Codiene. I have Really Honkin' Big Books that say so. Plus Dad The Pharmacist. But still, some potential for dependence exists.

My point being, you need sleep or you WILL go batshit nuts. And BTW, part of proper sleep...whatsit (Hygiene? whatever...) is that, yes, you turn off the phone. You are not, last time I checked, an EMS person or Firefighter, it is NOT THAT IMPORTANT that you have the damn phone on all the time. Ask Richard about the fights we used to have about that one...and the time Robin locked his phone in the safe for 3 days...

Also, only use the bed for sleep, not reading or watching TV (I never asked about sex in the insomnia seminars I went to...I kinda figured that was Okay because endorphins help you sleep???). Don't nap during the day, or eat right before bed. Don't drink alcohol right before bed. Stuff like that. Oh, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

And yes! Block the idiot callers!
ericavdg From: ericavdg Date: June 6th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Try some valerian capsules. (Valerian tea tastes yucky.) It helps you get to sleep but doesn't leave you groggy the next day. I used it for years for my own chronic insomnia before I started taking an antidepressant that puts me to sleep.
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