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Carol Perkins: After $500 consult, still Sleepy in Edmonton, KY

Strange coincidence: Sleep deprivation is more common than we might suspect. Even doctors report similar experiences to what Carol Perkins has been going through.
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According to a sleep study survey and a fifteen minute Skype session with a sleep doctor in a nearby city, I have chronic insomnia. Five hundred dollars later (billed to my insurance, but I paid $50), I have had no follow-ups or solutions.

I haven't heard from the doctor. If I were ever contacted, I don't know it. Then again, I didn't follow up because I had little faith in the suggested procedure of behavior modification rather than medicine. Other than hypnosis, I don't know what would work.

I have never had much luck modifying my behavior. So, I continue to sleep with my CPAP machine even though Guy claims that I snore while under the mask. That is not good.

Because I lose so much sleep, I can fall asleep easily during the day. I am not prone to be sleepy while driving, however, but put me in a chair and I might nod off. I fell asleep in the movies "Mr. Holmes" and "Rickie and the Flash." Guy nudged me when I started my grunt/snore. One of my fears is nodding off at a funeral or during church and snoring. I don't intend to drift off, but I do. That is one sign of insomnia, so I'm told.

Another drawback from not sleeping is my lack of energy to do any heavy labor like I once did. By that I mean sweeping, dusting, scrubbing commodes, showers, sinks, etc. I use the excuse of being too tired but I'm not sure if I slept a full eight hours I would really want to do any of these. I drag myself through the chores and then take a nap. I might take a nap first.

After our radio show, I can't wait to get home to take a nap. How can a two hour talk show wear me out so completely? I blame it on lack of sleep but my radio co-host can't wait to take a nap either. Since I turned fifty, I have not slept worth a dime. Frankly, I am tired of being tired.

Guy and I were watching TV the other night and an advertisement appeared for a new medicine (new to me) for insomnia. I really wasn't listening until he said, "This might help you." Of course, this product sounded perfect, but I said cynically, "Wait until we hear the side effects." Sure enough, here is what might happen: not knowing what you did during the night, waking up stiff and unable to move for a short period of time (paralyzed?), showing signs of depression or even thoughts of suicide. A warning not to drive the next day if still feeling sleepy was the mildest of all.

I had rather sit up all night, night after night, than to have thoughts of killing myself. I want to rest at night, but I don't want to rest in peace.
Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday.

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