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July 25, 2009

Exhaustion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:39

I am wayyy sleep deprived.  To the point where I’m overtired and cranky.  I don’t like feeling this way at all, though I doubt anyone does.  All the early bird running sessions have taken a toll, so I decided to *gasp* skip my 6 am run and “sleep in”.  Now, A) sleeping in is 730/8 maybe 830 if I’m extremely lucky and B) when you can’t fall asleep until 1 or 2 am, this sleeping in doesn’t even cover the basic 8 hours of sleep that is recommended. And my body functions best on 9.

So I’m not really feeling much more rested this morning after 6.5 hours but it’s better than 4.5-5 hours. The annoying thing is that I’m actually *trying* to sleep (as opposed to burning the candle at both ends, or just staying up for the hell of it and doing nothing).  I mean, it’s crunch time for the MCAT so a little less sleep is to be expected, but I go to bed with 7 full hours of sleep ahead of me (including factoring in 20-30 minutes of “falling asleep time”).  I shut down the MCAT part of my brain by reading or watching NCIS.  But sleep never comes.  Well it does, but much much later that I want it to.  And I’m not exactly against using tylenolPM or even prescription stuff to help, I don’t gravitate towards it.  I will say this, after about 3-4 weeks of insomnia I do go to the doctor, get 3 ambien pills prescribed to me and I’m all reset.  Until the next round of stress hits.  I think I just need a less stressful life 😛

As I said above, I skipped the run before work and just stayed after my shift at the gym was over to elliptical.  Work wasn’t so bad.  I got 6 solid hours of MCAT studying in.  I’ve discovered that I am terrible at the biology portion but am rather good at Orgo, I haven’t even had to take notes on the orgo stuff. The bio annoys me though, because it’s pure memorization.  No real rhyme or reason to any of it rather than it is the way it is.

Another thing that annoys me (and sorry if this seems like a complaining post.  Blame it on the lack of sleep, I know I am.  So much for a complaint free existance, right Sarah? You lasted longer than I have haha) is cross training.  Maybe I’m just saying this because I love running.  But I can’t replicate that feeling of working-so-hard-that-I-might-puke feeling, although in retrospect the point of XT isn’t to go balls out, right? I mean, I sweat (and lots) when on the elliptical, but my HR never seems to get as high as it does on while running, even on an easy run. I can’t even try to get some reading or studying done on the damn thing because then my stride rate goes down as does my HR (which isn’t that high to begin with!) Again, maybe that’s the point, to trick your mind into believing it’s exercising hard but the cardiovascular system gets a slight rest.

Oh well, the thing I know is that my body is thanking me because A) I didn’t get up at 6am and B) didn’t push myself through a run.  Theoretically this means that I should have more energy to study.  And hopefully this means I can be more focused with my studying so that I can start my bedtime routine a little earlier and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get more sleep tonight. Wish me luck 🙂

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3 Comments »

  1. ehh, i’ve been pretty complain-y lately, in real life anyway. i need to renew my complaint-free vows.

    Comment by sarah (ghost world) — July 25, 2009 @ 20:50

  2. also: i hear you on the lack of sleep. i really wish i could get more! although insomnia is not my problem.

    Comment by sarah (ghost world) — July 25, 2009 @ 20:51

  3. It’s okay to complain on your blog. No one is forcing anyone to read it, ya know? I think it’s a great way to let it go. I’m sorry you aren’t getting the sleep you need. I struggle w/ sleep during the school year, but only b/c I go to sleep too late and wake up too early. Hang in there!

    Comment by LARunner — July 26, 2009 @ 16:08


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