I was awake until well past 1AM last night.  I couldn’t get to sleep and don’t know why.  Normally this doesn’t happen to me.  Maybe it is just stress.  Do any of you suffer from insomnia?  What do you do to help go back to sleep?



Anxiety and Weight Loss

My Weight Loss Progress

So far, I have lost about five pounds.  Factoring in my love of most starches and cheese, I think this is pretty good.  I now only eat whole wheat pasta.  I am also using the rule:  no white sugar, no white flour (whole grain only) , and no white potatoes (sweet potatoes are okay).  I do make exceptions for special events, but hopefully that will not happen often.   I also try to cut out most processed foods, but this is not easy.  I love my potato chips as much as the next person.

I have started to step things up a notch by taking a zumba class.  I found a place that I really like, and the classes are a lot of fun.  Since I am completely out of shape, I thought I would start by going once a week and gradually increase to two or three times a week.  While my scale says that I haven’t lost much weight, I hope that means that I’m building muscle.

My Anxiety

I am very anxious about finding cheaper insurance.  It has actually been keeping me awake at night.  I have also heard that exercise is a good way to deal with stress.  I have tried to do some exercise in the evenings (zumba), so that it might help me go to sleep.  On the nights when I do go to my zumba classes, I do sleep better.

I also had to drop a member of my care team because my new health insurance wouldn’t cover them.  This person really helped me get through all the problems that I have had in the past two years.  When it comes to the doctors that I regularly visit, I don’t like change.

Women with Epilepsy

I found this video by Epilepsy Advocate on youtube.  I am a woman myself and am very familiar with the issues the epileptologist discusses in this particular video.   I think this video does a great job of bringing up topics that are important to women with epilepsy.

Epilepsy & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

English: The Cycle of Obstructive Sleep Apnea ...

Found an interesting article about the link between Epilepsy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Here is a teaser:

” Professor Terry O’Brien from the Royal Melbourne Hospital says there has been some evidence from other studies that patients with epilepsy may have an increased incidence of sleep-disordered breathing.  Professor O’Brien says there are similar symptoms of daytime sleepiness and fatigue between the two conditions.  He says patients with epilepsy can gain weight as a result of their medications, something that increases their risk of sleep-disordered breathing.” (

As always, do not take this as medical advice.  You should talk to your neurologist.

Does anyone in the dragonandrose epilepsy community also have obstructive sleep apnea?