To sleep...perchance to dream...

O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down And steep my senses in forgetfulness? Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee, And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber, Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great, Under the canopies of costly state, And lull'd with sound of sweetest melody? (citation)

Sleep...that elusive task of which I have a hard time accomplishing.  I have no problem falling asleep. I can easily sleep on a plane, train, automobile.  I have slept in lobbies, on chairs, in movies, at church and in classrooms. No, my challenge is not falling asleep.  My challenge is staying asleep.  Diving into the deep end of the slumber pool.  I tend to wade at the shallow end. Even stepping out of the water several times a night.  

I have had two sleep studies done.  Both had the same results.  Quick to fall asleep with waking approximately 30 times an hour.  As a result, I don't get much of the deep REM sleep.  Not sure why.  Haven't really looked into the why.  I've taken OTC and prescribed medication.  The Ambien certainly did assist in better sleep.  Alas, in the last year, I can count on one hand the number of times I have awakened refreshed.

I am giving another go at natural remedies.  Upping my magnesium & calcium.  I have four different types of bedtime teas.  I have also started yoga.  Something to wake my body up in the mornings and relax myself for the night. 

We shall see if I can finally capture that elusive sleep.  Perhaps I should summon Caer Ibormeith. 

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