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Old 09-07-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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I work from 3 AM to 8 AM

then go back to work from 2PM to 10 PM

Both Mon-Fri

I weigh 300 Lbs and am 6'4'' im always tired and seems like I never get a good 4 hours sleep in due to my hours, I have to keep both Jobs. but I am wondering if anyone knew some tips for getting less sleep and more energy so I wont be so tired so much? can anyone relate towards me? If you can I would really appreciate it.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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they say things we eat can make us tired as well as too much caffeine. look at your diet and watch the caffeine intake. anyone would be tired with the hours you work, can you get it changed?
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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I would if they would let me... If I lost weight would this increase my energy as well?
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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you need sleep, without it, your body will suffer more and more
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Have you tried melatonin supplements? My MIL recommends them - though she says to start with 1mg vs the 3mg pills that are everywhere (Whole Foods carries 1mg)

While weight loss might help if part of your trouble is weight related sleep apnea, that will not help you sleep in the interim! I wish more doctors/nurses would treat what is wrong with people instead of telling them woulda/shoulda/coulda!
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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i would if they would let me... If i lost weight would this increase my energy as well?
yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:30 PM
 
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Many people, including small babies and skinny people have sleep apnea. Do you snore? Do you dream you are falling and twitch in your sleep? Are you exhausted when you wake up on the weekend? Was this a problem before you had the crazy schedule? Sleep specialists will tell you that ANY snoring is abnormal if it is consistent and not just when youj have a bad cold. If yes, to any of these questions, talk to you doctor about a referral for an overnight oximetry test. They give you a little electronic box with wires leading to one of those finger clips that measures heart rate and oxygen saturation. If it's bad, they give you a full sleep study.

Having a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea has made an amazing difference to me!
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Greater Hartford Area
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Many people, including small babies and skinny people have sleep apnea. Do you snore? Do you dream you are falling and twitch in your sleep? Are you exhausted when you wake up on the weekend? Was this a problem before you had the crazy schedule? Sleep specialists will tell you that ANY snoring is abnormal if it is consistent and not just when youj have a bad cold. If yes, to any of these questions, talk to you doctor about a referral for an overnight oximetry test. They give you a little electronic box with wires leading to one of those finger clips that measures heart rate and oxygen saturation. If it's bad, they give you a full sleep study.

Having a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea has made an amazing difference to me!
This is so true. My 3 yr old cousin has it. So he had surgery done to his nose and throat.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I would if they would let me... If I lost weight would this increase my energy as well?
Since you brought it up .... Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:20 AM
 
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be careful with melatonin. i've heard you can have some crazy dreams/hallucinations.

are you sleeping & eating at the same times every day? (meaning, is your body on the same schedule every day?)

are you making your sleeping area completely dark and not eating any foods that could prohibit your body winding down?

have you tried drinking natural bedtime teas before bed? (like Chamomile, SleepyTime, etc...)
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