On Sleep Deprivation: Part One
Last week, I shared the following news with my patrons:
Elaina rebounded after her surgery and cancer diagnosis. She’s eating wet food and drinking water from the faucet. Sadly, she can’t eat kibble, treats, and has trouble drinking water from a bowl. The vet suspects that Elaina's teeth could be sore because of the cancer or she has nerve damage from the removal of the tumor on her tongue. Thankfully, I work from home and can feed and water Elaina all the time. She’s alert, happy, and she’s sleeping with me at night; all good signs. Our hospice plan seems to be working!
I forgot to mention in my note that Elaina has been waking me up 2 to 5 times every night since her surgery. When she wakes me, I get up and give her food or water. Logan sleeps through the meowing and dish clanking (most of the time). I'm jealous of his ability to sleep deeply! Since Elaina can't eat kibble, she's been feasting on wet food at all hours!
Also, Logan is recovering from a cold, so between Elaina’s meowing and Logan’s nightly coughing fits, I’m worn down and grumpy. Sleep deprivation is not good for my body or mind!
Usually, when I'm tired, a long walk or CrossFit recharges my energy. Other times, like today, slow activities are better for my body and mind. I won't be taking an epic hike today. Instead, I perused my landscape photo archive because it's a mood booster. I also foresee a lunchtime nap in my future.
If you're having trouble sleeping, I recommend reading Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution because it's filled with helpful information.
Make it a great day!