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Ostomy Memories of Sleep Cycle

Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:56 am
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THERE ARE DAY PEOPLE AND THERE ARE NIGHT PEOPLE. In years past, I enjoyed watching the Johnny Carson ‘Tonight’ show before retiring. That was so long ago that it seems now as if it was a prior life. I would imagine that the majority of people hit the sack about ten or eleven o’clock at night. Our bodies fall into a routine and when the inner clock announces it is ready, off we go. Somehow, over the past couple of years, I have fallen into a classic early-to-bed, early-to-rise habit. I get into bed around 6:30 or 7:00 PM, read for approximately thirty minutes, then turn out the light. I fall asleep face down with a pillow tucked just above my stoma, eventually turning onto my back. I’m awake and up around 3 AM. The cats await me, anticipating breakfast. About 4:30 or 5 AM, after I’ve fed them, I go out to walk. It’s dark, quiet, perfect. I have three different routes currently. My head and my feet confer on which one I’ll take on any given morning. Loss of daylight saving time was barely a blip on my radar. I do my three miles and I’m home before my neighbors retrieve their newspapers from their driveways. Then the momentous moment arrives: I put a pot of coffee on! The gurgling sound that accompanies the brewing process signals the official beginning of the day.

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Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:41 pm

Very interesting in what you say. I have been thinking that I should probably do the same thing! I am quite early into a stoma after an emergency Iliostomy. It's such a change in my lifestyle that I am now realising I will have to adjust rather than fight it. I have to get up 2 or 3 times a night and the longest periods I sleep for is about 2&1/2 hours. Awake then after an hour I get back to sleep. I don't think I will ever see a whole nights sleep again! I've always enjoyed the solitude of a walk in the dark and so I now have the perfect opportunity! Thanks for the prompt and to know I will not be the only one! 😁

Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:54 pm


scotstoun wrote:

Very interesting in what you say. I have been thinking that I should probably do the same thing! I am quite early into a stoma after an emergency Iliostomy. It's such a change in my lifestyle that I am now realising I will have to adjust rather than fight it. I have to get up 2 or 3 times a night and the longest periods I sleep for is about 2&1/2 hours. Awake then after an hour I get back to sleep. I don't think I will ever see a whole nights sleep again! I've always enjoyed the solitude of a walk in the dark and so I now have the perfect opportunity! Thanks for the prompt and to know I will not be the only one! 😁

I doubt I've ever slept thru the night with this ileostomy.  But you get accustomed to it and can fall back to sleep pretty quickly. 

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