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Sleep, where art thou?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

After tossing and turning from 11:30 AM until 3:30 AM, I finally took pain meds at 4:30 and got out of bed at 5 AM. Last night was worse than usual, but certainly not an exception which is another reason why I have gained those 6 lbs I can't seem to shake. My middle has gotten thicker which can be a sign of increased cortisol levels from stress and in my case, from pain issues and severe insomnia. It's as if I can feel my cells dying off because they aren't being "restored" during good sleep. Most people would make up for it by taking a good nap in the afternoon but not me...I have to keep going like a very tired Energizer Bunny. emoticon

I've always had horrible insomnia. My childhood was chaotic esp during my teen years which I won't go into right now. Bad habits were set long ago, and now it's hard to turn off my brain at night. When I finally manage, pain rears it's head and wakes me. "Oh, excuse me. Were you trying to sleep? Let me just hit you with some bursitis pain in several places on your right side. Don't bother changing positions because I'll just strike your arthritic spine next. Your arthritic neck shouldn't be left out either." And so it goes. Every night. But at 6 I'll get up, fix coffee for DH and me, smile and go on with my day. Martyr? Yep, that's me.

Today I will:
Drink 6 glasses of water or quality fluids
Go to the gym and do the leg machines
Do my PT exercises for my shoulder
Go to a dinner party with DH at his Italian American Club.
Put on my smiley face so no one will know (Don't worry, I'm good at it)
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    Good day to yu--YU are up early--Lynda--AND------Thank
    emoticon yu for the beautiful hat and scarf--
    120 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2021 9:28:33 AM
    Realize this post was a long time ago & home your insomnia has improve. I'm having a bad sleep night...that's why I'm up at the pc at 3:28 am. Lucky it's not the norm anymore since I joined SP & I am exercising more. Have a great day
    184 days ago
    Oh Deena,
    I am so sorry you are going through so much pain and insomnia. I hope that with winter ending soon you will get some much needed relief.

    I will keep you in my daily prayers in hopes that the good Lord will ease your pain and give you comfort for sleeping.

    Hugs Susan emoticon

    815 days ago
    Thank yu SO ,much for the hat etc----I will need this , this winter!-=-=-= Its crazy what one does once in awhile--Thanks for writing--Lynda
    887 days ago
    Thank yu so much for the Spark Goodies--- I have them by the front door-Lynda
    1273 days ago
    Oh I am so sorry that you have to go though all this, I hope you can get it sorted.

    The trouble is no energy and really not feeling like doing anything.

    Thanks for the good

    1433 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Oh wow, I'm sorry to hear that. Here's some possible things to try. Have you tried Melatonin supplementts? Also I read in my autoimmune book that a good way to prep for sleep is to not look at a computer or even a TV or bright lights because that will throw off your natural biological clock. She even suggests wearing amber colored glasses a couple of hours before bed which I believe is supposed to filter out blue light wavelengths which can interfere with sleep. And she also suggests either reading or doing something calm, or taking a nightly bathtub soak. I hope you have a quality mattress, that could help your physical comfort level. Are you warm enough at night. Sometimes our thermostat is wacky and it can get really cold at night, that always throws me, and makes it almost impossible to sleep. I've taken to wearing a sweater or my knit poncho to bed on occasion and also some fuzzy socks when my feet were like ice. Work on having an anti inflammatory type diet it should help with your pain levels. There over the counter pain meds too, but I'd be careful to not get in the habit of that, it's really hard on your gut. Yes I've had my nights too when my body just seems to be stuck on "on." It's very exhausting, and my brain just keeps skipping all around from subject to subject, trying to do it's sleep work while still awake. I hope things get better for you.
    1544 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I am sorry you have so much pain but can understand. I do take pain meds early evening and within an hour of getting up. Finally found a good sleep med and it helps me get an average of 3 hrs. good deep sleep each night. I still have completely turned around with my biorhythm of being up all night working so the brain can certainly play tricks on you. Hoping tonight is better.
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    1544 days ago
    Your having a lot of pain. Maybe your Doctor can give you a good inti-flammatory. . It has worked wonders for me. emoticon
    1545 days ago
    So sorry you had a wicked night sleep. If it's any consolation -- so did I. Getting my robe on now and just relaxing. Will go to bed early. My body needs the sleep!!
    1545 days ago
    I am a restless sleeper too and know it is a part of the reason I am struggling with the weight right now. I have started going back to the gym this month in hopes of it improving my sleep. emoticon
    1545 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Perhaps some melatonin would help? Or maybe pain meds taken before bedtime? Lack of sleep can cause so many other issues besides just being tired, you may want to talk to your doctor about it...
    1545 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Same here, but minus the pain....if I can sleep 4 hours, it is an amazing accomplishment! I can relate to your frustration!
    1545 days ago
    Insomnia is brutal. Hang in there it will get better. God bless!
    1545 days ago
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