And then I didn’t sleep.

Got 3.5 hours last night. I got too hot overnight. Couldn’t rest. Too hot.

Took a nap this afternoon – almost an hour, but not quite.

I’ll try again tomorrow.


Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

5 thoughts on “And then I didn’t sleep.”

  1. Seems I could teach you something? I go to bed late. Get up late and sleep the best during the afternoon. It’s my thing. (Kills me when you post you slept 8 hours last night)Cheers,H

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  2. I had a severe TBI 5 years ago (but only one), and had major problems sleeping. Three things I’ve learned:

    1. Amitryptilene: one of my 4 neuros prescribed it, and instantly I went from sleeping 2-3 hours of awful sleep a night to (almost) sleeping normally – about 7 hours a night ever since. Used to do 8 hours, but I have no complaints; I’ll take 7 any time.

    2. Melatonin: I personally take 20mg every night (can find 10mg tablets on Amazon). A decent sleep aid.

    3. The first company to have sleep data on a really large scale was, believe it or not, FitBit. They analyzed their data, and the one thing that stood out to them was: people who went to bed at the same time every night and woke up at the same time every morning got better sleep than everyone else by a wide margin. I drive my wife crazy sometimes going to bed at my normal time on the weekend, but it’s definitely helped me in the long run.

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  3. That’s great that you’ve found solutions. Definitely getting to bed at the same time each night makes a huge difference. And yeah, it can be a challenge with a significant other who’s not on the same schedule. But it’s worth it for sure.


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