I haven't written much lately. While I'm not a very superstitious person, I tend to believe talking about something good, jinxes it. So, I am not actually writing this entry. But, if I planned to write an entry, this is what I might think about saying...
Mom has been sleeping moderately well... again, I am only thinking about saying that sentence. I quit trying it the doctor's way. The meds that he says will work for sleep... do. They get her to sleep. Unfortunately, they don't keep her asleep. So, if I want her to take a short nap, the prescription medications do the trick. If I want her to wake up agitated, aggressive and hallucinating at 2 or 3 in the morning, they also do the trick. But, I would much prefer that she actually sleep the entire night. I know. I'm picky.
So, what have I tried instead? Seemingly everything. It's interesting that many products with the same active ingredients effect her differently. There is one product that helps her sleep in a generic pill from Target, that in a brand name product, simply agitates her for several hours. So, it has been a couple months of trial and error.
The 2 products that have helped the most are both natural supplement blends. I haven't found any side-effects or potentially harmful interactions with her prescription medications. And, this makes me happy.
But, and this is a huge but, what seems to have worked the best is my Fitbit. I am now tracking the amount and the efficiency of my sleep. I can honestly say that the four nights that I have tracked my own sleep, Mom has slept very well. My sleep efficiency average is 98%.
So, while I am sure that those natural supplements have helped, and I will continue giving them to her, the non-superstitious part of me will continue wearing the Fitbit and sleeping very well.
But, I didn't say that.