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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wake Up, Wake Up, You Sleepyhead

I think I finally figured out what has been causing this extreme sleepiness and lethargy that I have been suffering for several weeks now.


I thought it was because, even though the calendar said it was spring, we still were having winter weather and it was causing me to hibernate.

I have had bouts of fatigue and sleepiness over the years.

I had an episode of anemia that made me feel like I was wading through molasses with lead weights on my shoes.

I would fall asleep in meetings and at my desk at work.

But this time, it was a feeling of being so sleepy that I just wanted to flop on the couch for most of the day.


I'm not depressed, I'm taking my thyroid medication (before I was diagnosed as hypothyroid, I felt like a slug).

What could it be?

Ahh, yes!  My doctor changed the dosage of a medication that I take for depression and anxiety.  Of course, she did this several weeks ago.  It made sense to ask her if this could be the cause of the sleepiness.

Yup.  So, last night, per her instructions, I reduced the dose.  This morning, I am wide awake and have no desire to lie down on a horizontal surface and snooooooze the day away.

I think I'll make bread today!



  1. Paula
    The long winter alone is reason enough to just want to curl up on the couch and sleep all day!
    I'm glad you pin-pointed the problem now and can do some fun stuff-like baking bread!

  2. Does/did the higher dose of the medication raise your blood sugar by any chance? I know a lot of antidepressent/anti anxiety meds can do that. High blood sugar can make you feel sluggish and sleepy.

    Glad you're feeling more energetic!

    1. Nope, Charles checked my blood sugar and it was WNL.

  3. I have been there, I was on medication for years and had so many ups and downs. So glad your Dr. made that adjustment and all is well now...Happy baking my friend! Big hugs to you.

  4. I love your description of walking in molasses. And, I love the chicken pouring your coffee.

    So glad that you have everything adjusted. I would love to come over for some home baked bread.

  5. I take thyroid meds, too, and every once in awhile they just get out of whack. Before I realized it I would find myself in a bout of depression like a pit. Now the first thing I think of is my sensitive thyroid, and 99% of the time that's the issue. Your chicken coffee server is so cute.

    1. Thanks, Carol - I think the adjustment is working for me! I got all of the images on this post from Pinterest...I should probably credit them as such!


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