I saw a sleep doctor the other day because I’ve been having trouble sleeping. It’s been weird, for the first 6 months after the stroke I slept excessively. Then, I had problems with insomnia. Now, I switch between sleeping excessively and insomnia. But I’m always tired during the day no matter what. So I saw a sleep doctor. She had a statistic on the wall that 70% of stroke survivors have a sleep disorder, particularly sleep apnea. So she ordered a sleep study. She said she never would have done this if I didn’t have an unexplained stroke at a young age. I want the sleep study so I’ll do it but I don’t agree with some other things she told me. Here is what she said to do. To tell someone who has a brain injury less than 2 years old to not go to bed until midnight, sleep for 7 hours, and not take naps is incredibly awful advice. I might be almost 2 years out from the event but I am still very much healing and recovering and I need a lot of sleep. I had a major, major brain event and it will take me years to recover fully, if I do, and in order to do this I need to sleep A LOT. I’m not going to do these things. Oh well, at least she didn’t prescribe me a sleeping pill. She told me to make a bunch of behavioral changes, I guess that’s a step in the right direction for a Western doctor.