The Terrible Combination of Anxiety, Insomnia & Epilepsy

As I have mentioned in Why I Couldn’t Finish Writing 101, I have been really stressed lately.  My caffeine intake has been higher than normal.  I was attempting to keep to a strict sleeping schedule.  I had the belief that I would be more productive if I was well rested.  This idea worked for a while.

Despite the stress, my health is relatively good.  I am trying to get in a decent night sleep.  I went to the doctor for my 6 month checkup, and I am doing fine.  I am always worried the doctor is going to come back with horrible news.  I don’t know why.

When times of stress come, my eating habits are far from healthy.  I am trying to do a better job.  However, it is far too tempting for me to stop by the local coffee shop and grab some donuts than cook a good meal.

I want to try to stop this trend by cooking more at home.  The weather is starting to cool off, so I want to use my slow cooker to make some soups that are modified atkins friendly.

Last night I was hit with a serious case of insomnia.  I just couldn’t get to sleep.  I think I may have had about 3 or 4 hours of sleep max.  I tried to listen to relaxing meditation music.  Nothing seemed to work.  My brain kept thinking of recent events and upcoming deadlines.

I am currently listening to the meditation music again in trying to cut some of the anxiety and stress.  Unfortunately, I have more grading to do.   I am attempting to follow another professor’s advice of doing a little bit of work each day.

If you have any other advice, do not hesitate to let me know.  I have to get back to my regular sleeping schedule fast.  Sleep deprivation and stress are both seizure triggers for me.

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