Talked to my doc yesterday, still nothing rx'ed, but they put me on a strict sleep hygiene program...
It's the usual, 30 minutes exposed to sunlight (I bike to work so no issue there), 7 hours sleep maximum, stay out of bed before 11, no caffeine past 4, no smoking past 7, no looking at the clock, regular diet... I think we all know the drill so I'll skip ahead.
7pm last night, I was ready to pass out, but I'm not allowed to sleep till 1, could barely keep me eyes open.
7 hours of sleep leaves me unable to function, I'm used to 8-9, with 3 hours of lying in bed.
Eating during the day leave me unable to focus and sleepier.
I normally stay away from coffee, but prior to the doc I had 4 cups, since I had to be up an hour earlier.
How am I supposed to keep an accurate sleep log if I don't know what time it is when I wake up, should I just guess based on the past two months of recorded awakenings every 2 hours?
My current sleep/wake routine is what's worked for me for the past year... When I wasn't following it, I would have to come home from work, after falling asleep in a car, and nap for 3-4 hours, wakeup for 2-3, and then get another 6-7 hours.
Is there a period of adjustment when beginning a sleep hygiene program, or is it just a bad idea to go against what my body is telling me, and what I've found works best? I guess it might be the right thing to do, if intensifying my symptoms makes it easier to diagnose, but I'm in rough shape today, even after 2 coffee, a 30 minute ride, sunlight, and a meal replacement drink, I'm ready to nap