Thursday, March 26, 2009

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago”

That there is a bit of genius from Friedrich Nietzsche to start your day.

I'm completely and utterly fed up with feeling exhausted. So I took some drastic action - I stayed in bed this morning and skipped training. That's twice this week. Unheard-of! If I can get away from the office early this afternoon, and I'm not feeling half-dead by then, I'll front up for RPM at 6:00pm. If not....well, I'll see what eventuates. I'm not about to get all guilt-stricken about it.

As good old Nietzsche pointed out, being this tired is a dangerous state to be in when you need your focus to be razor-sharp. Thoughts and emotions start bombarding you, most of them completely irrational, and if you don't deal with the actual problem (the need for rest and sleep), then everything goes all to hell very, very quickly.

So, extra sleep is still on the agenda. Meanwhile, I'm getting more coffee.....

Ex-haust-ed v: Extremely or completely tired. Spent.


To pre-empt the usual helpful advice, most of which would be completely irrelevant, I offer the following:

- My iron levels are FINE.
- So are all my blood count thingummies, my haemoglobin, my serum ferritin; Iron studies all good too - I get the works as far as iron studies go, twice a year.
- My thyroid function is perfectly normal.
- My liver function is normal(ish).
- ALL my other health screening tests, which I never, ever miss are also fine. I'm my doctor's model patient....
- My nutrition has been spot-on - apart from the odd moment
- I'm not overdoing the training. (Huh, I wish! That would be easy to fix)
- I don't take supplements that contain stimulants. I'm down to two coffees a day. I drink zero, zilch, nada soft drinks, sports drinks or other caffeine-containing drinks.
- The only thing I'm not consistently getting right is sleep. Working on that.


Kathryn said...

I love that quote.

If you find a solution, pass it on. I can't remember when I last had a proper night's sleep! Hopefully you'll be back on track after the weekend :D

Charlotte Orr said...

Sounds like we have been going through similar things the last few months. Take care of yourself.

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