I love this picture! John and I went to the Beach for my 31st Birthday and I promptly fell asleep on the beach for two hours. If you have Fibro, you know that’s because we are constantly EXHAUSTED! I try not to drink caffeine and during this time I had totally kicked it. Hence the sleeping through my birthday.
I’ve spent years being exhausted. I remember saying to my mom that I felt like I wasn’t getting a recooperative sleep. I don’t think that’s a real term but my body knew what I meant. Some days I’d sleep for 10 hours and wake up exhausted. That just doesn’t jive, right? Wrong!
People living with Fibro have a lot of trouble sleeping. And as with every characteristic of this disease, there are a lot of different theories as to why. Web MD explains some of them on their website.
For me there are several reasons that I know of why my sleep is often disrupted.
- I suffer from a lot of bladder infections (gee, thanks Fibro) and I wake up having to go to the bathroom
- I wake up with a 13 pound cat lying in between my legs which are by then, screaming.
- My lower back is killing me. I think I sleep in the same position for too long and it stiffens up. Normally something as simple as moving fixes it.
- I suffer from carpal tunnel in my right hand and will at times wake up with a numb, painful hand. I use a night brace that helps immensely.
- Occasionally (thankfully) I wake up with my back or legs in full muscle spasm. This happened on vacation in Jamaica. It sucked. A lot.
- Other, extraneous noises wake me up like the neighbor opening a door, or a car drives by.
I wonder if I slept for a total of 4 hours last night. I woke up almost every hour for no particular reason. I was having some wicked nightmares but aside from that, I wasn’t in an amount of pain that would explain my ridiculously bad sleep. But I guess that’s the mystery of this illness. Some things simply can’t be explained.
Does this sound similar? What do you do to help get a more restorative sleep? I’m referring to non-drug related suggestions. I know some people get great relief from sleep aids. But for me personally, I prefer to go without.
One suggestion I have is a noise machine that helps me to sleep more soundly.
Yours in Health!