Thursday, March 6, 2014: I had terrible insomnia last night. I was very agitated and could not sleep and did not in fact have a single wink of sleep until after 4:30 AM and then had less than 4 hours. I am very tired. In examining factors, I am looking for things that are different from days when I slept better, and here are some possibilities:
· Lack of Exercise: I did not get my normal amount of exercise yesterday, as I was working on a story for my class and didn’t have time to walk. Nor did I do my other exercises.
· Potato chips: If I remember right, I’ve suspected potato chips before. They have a very high glycemic index, and sugar seems to affect my ability to sleep. Potato chips taste so good to me. L
· Blueberries: I ate more than the normal amount of blue berries at lunch yesterday.
· Raspberry vinegar: I put in the spring rolls I made for lunch. I was in a hurry and not as careful as usual tipping it in. (Got lots). I think it may be high in sugar.
· Excitement: reading my story in class was exciting and somewhat stressful. I often do not sleep well after ANY evening event, such as the opera.
· Stress: That business last night with Graham and the car was extremely stressful and I lay awake worrying about it when I did try to sleep again. However, I was already having insomnia, which how I even knew he took the car—otherwise, he might have taken it without my knowledge.
What I ate yesterday: vegetarian omelet, non-vegetarian spring rolls with carrots, cabbage, turkey, spinach, raspberry blush vinegar, a hamburger and stir fry for dinner, with scallops. And my bran mix with Psyllium at every meal, which was oat-free and wheat free.What I would like to do is NOT EAT potato chips for a while, and see if I sleep better, and same with blueberries and raspberry blush vinegar. (This will not be easy or fun.) YES, I am aware that it could be a chemical imbalance in my body that has nothing to do with food, but I have to check this out. I should do it systematically, but that is not so easy to do with food. I guess the thing to do would be eliminate all of the suspected foods and then, assuming I sleep better, reintroduce them one at a time.