Pamela, Greetings! I try several different things to sleep but none seem to be effective. I can't handle the lounge chair for long. I tell my doctors I sleep in the rotisserie position, constantly turning to find a pain free position. My wife puts up with me for the most part, but I can tell when she is tired and needs her sleep. I have the TV on to help distract me hoping I can drift off to sleep but when that does not work, I get up head downstairs and hit the lounge chair for awhile then the couch. I wait until I find myself drifting off before I return to bed, normally between 2 and 4 AM. If I know that it is going to be a bad night,, I lay in bed until my wife is ready to sleep (around 11 and midnight) and then just get up to allow her to sleep. I had to drive several hours to pick someone up at the airport and found the best sleep aid would be driving because as soon as I start driving my eyes get heavy. After falling asleep at the wheel several times now I have to have someone with me to even drive more than just in town.
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/5/2009 6:34:58 PM (GMT-6)
Has your Dr. ever given you Elevil? I got into a habit like yours when my husban died. The only way I could get straightened out was to take Elevil about one hour before I wanted to go to sleep. You need 8 hours before you try to get up. Might not work for you but it worked for me.
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/6/2009 10:52:11 PM (GMT-6)
Yep I am a recliner/computer chair sleeper as well,seems whenever I can grab a moment of sleep I do so no matter where I am. As you can tell by the times of my posts here I do NOT sleep much anywhere.
I about fell out of my chair laughing at Susie's description of chair sleeping.
I actually have tipped a time or two as this computer chair isnt exactly state of the art for balance. My friend has one of those really nice,posture thingy chairs at her computer and in that she has one of those lovely body massager things that heats up as well! Like the ones they put in Walgreens and such at the pharmacy waiting area? I would probably never leave it if I had one.
There however was a time when I spent 90% of my day and night in a recliner after surgery as the only position for my knee that wasnt excrusiating was a mild bend,in bed I could prop but in the grip of sleep I somehow managed to straighten my leg and would come up out there on a scream! Recliners have those levels of bend at the knee that dont allow you flex your leg out.
I do occasionally get so worn out I drag my behind to bed thinking a few hours of cool sheets and dark bedrooms would be Heaven and even with the memory foam mattress it never lasts long enough before I am back to one of the chairs.
Maybe I can fold the memory foam mattress into my chair?
Anyhow I must manage to get enough sleep somehow as my few golden hours of chair sleeping has sustained me for years.
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/7/2009 10:31:07 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/7/2009 10:41:11 AM (GMT-6)