AgeForce has given me the opportunity to log their Melatonin Patch. Thanks, Mattrag! I'm starting this log before I even get it in the mail so that people will get a better idea of my current sleeping problems and have something to better compare it to.
What I like about this is the time-release of the melatonin. I've tried oral melatonin before and while it may help a bit once it kicks in, I still constantly wake up at various times throughout the night. And the added GABA is promising to help me relax and fall asleep quickly.
A little background on my current sleeping habits.
I have problems not only falling asleep, but also staying asleep. I wake up constantly, every couple of hours during the night, tossing and turning. I'm tired all day long (doing the little head bob at my cubicle fighting to stay awake, crossing lines on the highway because I'm falling asleep at the wheel) because I can't get a solid night sleep. I've tried 3z, melatonin tabs, benadryl, and ZMA to help me sleep, all with varying degrees of success.
This problem of not being able to get a solid night's sleep has been going on for years, and in that time I've tried lots of things to change diet, before bed habits, varying size and softness of mattresses, sleeping with a partner and sleeping alone. At one point, I thought it may be contributed to the fact that I workout after I get home from work, since I'm taking a stimmed pre-workout at 5:00pm and trying to get to bed between 9 and 10pm, but then I realized I have the same problem on nights I don't workout and weekends when I workout earlier in the day.
I have school on Monday and Wednesday night. So my current workout schedule is:
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, every other Friday (I get my daughter every other weekend), and most Saturdays (usually while my daughter is napping on the weekends I have her). So, about 4-5 days a week.
Current 1 rep max lifts:
These were all done this past week.
I know the lighting isn't good on these vids. I'll work on that.
Bench: 300 lbs
Squat: 415 lbs
Deadlift: 465 lbs
I'm sure I could lift more if I were working on my own natural energy aided by a pre-workout rather than solely relying on a pre-workout to get me through it. I take no other stims throughout the day, it's not something I want to rely on to function. On days I don't workout, I don't take stims at all, and I do take regular breaks every couple of months to reset my stim tolerance. My stim tolerance is pretty low right now, it doesn't take much at all to have me wired. What a wonder it would be to feel a stim effect on top of a natural, energetic high. That's what I'm looking for out of this.
Saturday night (1/28):
Last night, I went to bed at 11:30pm (had homework to do). I tossed around for a bit and finally fell asleep. I woke up no fewer than 3 times before my alarm went off at 8am. I was so groggy, I hit the snooze alarm three times before I got out of bed. That's usually how my morning goes. It didn't always used to be that way. I'd like to get back to waking up feeling refreshed and jumping out of bed. This is particularly a problem during the week when I need to be getting up to go to work. I'm on salary, so I don't have to be at work to punch a clock at a certain time, but I'm rarely on time.
Once again, a big thank you to AgeForce and Mattrag for this opportunity. I'm watching the mailbox with excited anticipation!