Tag: Sleep

Waking up to sunlight…

One of my (many) quirks is my preference to sleep with the curtains open. It's definitely not an exhibitionist thing, a we're barely overlooked here at home. And it's really only applicable in the Spring and Summer. It's just that I just love being woken up by sunlight. It's gentler than any harsh alarm and wakes ...

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At least I have a diagnosis!

Regular readers will be familiar with my frequent complaints about poor sleep, insomnia, and general sleepiness. Well today, I finally got to do something about it. Despite my sleep patterns being all screwed up by my epilepsy, anti-epileptic medication and the stress that comes with both, I knew myself that my sleep was far from ...

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I spoke too soon…

After yesterday's optimism and sheer joy at cobbling together such an enjoyable Saturday, I spent most of last night wide awake due to a combination of noisy neighbours, insomnia and the arrival of an unrequested pizza. I was in bed and ready for sleep by 10pm last night, due to an early start. I drifted ...

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Hey brain: why you no work?

It's Saturday afternoon and I've had three (that I'm aware of) epileptic seizures this week. Maybe more on the horizon. My overwhelming reaction is one of disappointment. Quickly followed by boredom. I had a couple of nighttime seizures earlier in the week, which left me feeling like I had the mother of all hangovers each ...

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Old man nap time

Just call me "Nappy McNapFace". After my run this morning - after which I felt I could take on the world! - I took a much-needed shower and made myself some lunch. I updated the blog, wasted some time on twitter and booked a cinema ticket. I then had some comics to read, so curled ...

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Heaving breathing, flashing lights

So I had my sleep-deprived EEG this morning. I fell asleep after about 1am (after staying awake by catching up on the massive backlog of comics I haven't read) and my alarm went off at 5:30am. Groan. I freely admit it was tough to get myself out of bed. Harder still to avoid the coffee ...

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Mission impossible

  I'm going into hospital for a sleep-deprived EEG test tomorrow morning. I've had a few EEGs on my long journey through the world of epilepsy, including being monitored all night while I slept.   Tomorrow, I need to go in having had about half the sleep I normally get. Oh. The letter I received ...

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Back to square one?

So, I have epilepsy. I've never been shy in discussing it here, or anywhere else for that matter. I'm not ashamed of it, so why keep it a secret? It's far too misunderstood an illness as it is. And in the grand scheme of things, I'm extremely lucky that it doesn't have a more significant ...

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Not feeling so fresh

Good news! I spent last night awake and in pain. I began to feel a little...uncomfortable...about an hour after finishing dinner. Something I'd eaten obviously wasn't agreeing with me and the result was the kind of pain in the stomach that just takes your breath away. I couldn't sit, I couldn't lie down. I went ...