Freakin' pisses me off! (no pun intended) I know this past been posted a lot before, but I thought I would give better details about my situation specifically.
For this reason, I haven't had a good night's sleep in years (I'm almost 22). During the day I drink about an average of .5 to .7 gallons of water a day, but I stop my water intake after 7 pm. I usually eat dinner at 6 or even earlier. The only liquids I have after that is a SMALL glass of water after brushing my teeth (because the toothpaste makes me feel a little dehydrated), and a cup of milk mixed with casein protein 2 hours before bed. Sometimes I'll take ZMA right before bed. I also take a whey shake with creatine after my workout. Other than that, my diet is pretty clean in terms of intake for sugar, cholesterol, sat. fat, and other things. Eggs are probably the "unhealthiest" thing I eat in that respect, but that's only for breakfast. My usual for dinner is baked chicken, whole wheat pasta, and broccoli. I seldom eat cookies, but if I do, it's usually like 2 small cookies after a meal.
So that's my general diet throughout the day. The problem is that I usually wake up around 5 am to pee. Sometimes it's as early as 2:30 am, but if that happens, i'm still getting up at 5:30. Then again at 6:30 (having no additional water after I wake up the first time). After that, I can't really get back to sleep because my brain doesn't want to, or my dog gets up and starts barking because i have to feed her. But at least I can score about 30 minutes more of sleep, so ultimately getting up at 7. It is here when I feel really dehydrated. Mouth feels very dry.
Although I go to bed fairly early, at 10:30 or 11 (no friends or social life lol), that means nothing because my sleeping is interrupted so easily. Combined with my massive dehydration upon waking up for the day, I feel very tired throughout the day. If I lay down somewhere for a bit and not be careful, I may just end up taking an hour nap.
OK, so my problem isn't that extreme, but it's very consistently annoying. As far as I know, it's happened like this every night/morning in the past couple of years. There was this one time I woke up feeling "perfect", but that was some time in 2007. I had no idea why I got lucky there, but I would argue that things have gotten progressively worse year after year.
I was considering seeing a doctor about this, but my dad says people like me are the reason health insurance premiums are so high. But I'm only 21, and I'm way too young to have to be getting up in the middle of the night several times and then waking up feeling dehydrated. That's usually something that happens to people in their retirement years. This is one of the things in my life affecting me mentally and I feel it inhibits me in so many places. If something is wrong with me, I'd like to find out so it would be easier to figure out how to solve the problem.
Any suggestions on what I should do? Has anyone been in this same boat?
Thanks for reading...