Finally . . . 5 Consecutive Hours of Sleep and a Nasty Hangover

I’ve been having insomnia the past couple of weeks — unable to fall asleep easily and waking up a lot. This is rather unusual for me, as I can typically fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow and I have actually been known to sleep through a malfunctioning fire alarm. (I woke up the first time it went off, found out it was a false alarm, then I guess I decided to ignore any further alarms that night.)

So I emailed my doctor (he likes to try the state of the art tech stuff, so he has on-line, free consultations for established patients) about my sleep problem and he called in a prescription for me. I got the prescription and took one as directed last night about 9:30. I went to bed — and laid there . . . and laid there . . . and laid there. At 10:45, I decided sleep was not in the cards and got up. Chris was amazed that the elephant tranquilizer sleep medication didn’t knock me out. He suggested I take a couple of Benadryl since the other medicine didn’t seem to be working. So I did. And shortly after midnight, I must have fallen asleep.

I woke up this morning to a cheery little bird chirping outside my window and if I had access to a bazooka I would have blown it out of the tree.* My head felt like it was about to split open. It hurt my head to breathe. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a hangover. Until this morning. I went in to work late, shut my door, and just read medical records the entire morning. 600 mg of ibuprofen and a Dr. Pepper later, my head felt a little better. After lunch, my head started hurting again, and after a cocktail of aspirin, Tylenol and more caffeine, I started feeling better.

Maybe I need detox for all the medication I’ve taken the past 24 hours — sleeping pills, Benadryl, Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, Dr. Pepper, Sudafed, but I think I’m going to try to go drug-free tonight and hope for the best. I’m not sure what’s worse – insomnia or waking up with a massive headache.

*No animals have been harmed . . . yet. Bird, you have been warned.


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