I’ve been sleeping really well the last week or so. Actually I’ve been a little worried about blogging about it, thinking that by doing so then perhaps I’ll break the “winning streak”. However I quickly realized that thoughts like that are craaaaazy. I’ve been getting to sleep quickly, and then waking up consistently about 20 minutes before my alarm is due to go off in the morning, which is nice as I can relax in bed for a bit and check my emails before I get up.
It isn’t unbroken sleep – in fact I can’t recall the last time I ever slept through a whole night without waking up. It must have been years ago. For the past week I’ve woken up around midnight / 1am, needing to have a “tinkle”, and then again at about 4am for the same thing. I would go back to sleep right away though, and still feel refreshed in the morning when I woke. However a couple of days ago when I was reading stuff about Charles Poliquin I read a quote from him regarding ‘healthy’ sleep, and he said that we should be able to sleep all the way through. So this morning when I woke at 4am (like clockwork), I just rolled over and went back to sleep. I woke up at 6.25 – exactly 20 minutes before my alarm was due to wake me.
Why am I sleeping well now? The only thing different is that I am being very strict in following my healthy diet every day (including weekends). I’m not sure if that is causing it – however I am happy to take it!
My lower back has been giving me some twinges of pain today. Occasionally I do get pain there – so it does not surprise me when it comes. I think it is a combination of exercising as well as degeneration of the joints that triggers it. When I last had a CT done of my lower back the radiologist did comment that there was some degeneration – but it was in line with my age. I’m sure that my arthritis has not helped either. I have to be careful when I do squatting exercises etc. that I am very strict with form, otherwise it is easy to trigger a twinge. For that reason I usually stick to front squats instead of regular squats, as front squats will still hit my legs hard, but with much less weight than regular squats (the theory being I don’t have to put so much pressure on the joints).
When I get back pain I typically will take some anti-inflammatory (e.g. Ibuprofen), or if that is unavailable then some tramadol. Unfortunately I forgot to take either of those things to work today, and all I had at hand was dicodin – which is a pretty big gun for the task. However I prefer to be pain free, so took the dicodin.
By chance, today I also came across a funny blog regarding chronic pain. It really made me laugh – you can see the entire post here. She addresses how we can manage chronic pain, and I love this part:
Eventually we learn what we can change and we get our sorry selves off the couch and do it. We can eat correctly. We can read about our diseases or injuries and become informed. We can get a better doctor. We can stretch, move, walk and exercise. Don’t tell me you can’t exercise. If you can move a finger…move that finger. Eventually, you may be able to move two fingers but in the meanwhile, you will have a very strong finger. Maybe you should make it your middle finger so you can use it for other things.
So don’t forget people, get off your butt and do some exercise!