Schedule Change.. WAAAAH!!!

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   Posted 3/25/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there FMily!!
As many of you know my husband doesn't drive because he has a problem with his eyesite and can't get a drivers license because they consider him "legally blind".  So I have to drive him everywhere.  I don't mind at all, being the driver in the family......
BUT......... His hours at work changed, starting last Tuesday.  He used to go in at 7:30-ish and work till 4:30.  They changed his hours to 6:00 am-3:00pm.  So now I have to get up at 5:00am to be awake enough to leave the house at 5:35.  This means I'm waking up 1hr 45 mins earlier than I was before.  Its only been a couple of days and I know I have to get used to it.. but this is already messing with my sleep.  Night before last I only got about 6 hours of very disturbed sleep and last night I got about 4 1/2 hours of even more distrubed sleep.
I'm a firm believer in sleep hygeine.   I know I need at least 9 hours of good sleep in order to be functional.  When I have a few days of bad sleep, I start to flare.  Its only been two days and I can feel the pain and fog increasing.. GRRRRRR!!!! 
I really try not to ever take a nap during the day because it can cause me not to sleep well at night... but I HAVE to give in.  I can barely keep my eyes open and my head is pounding. 
WAAAAAH... shakehead    This is going to take a while to re-adjust
I don't want to complain too much though.. I'm so thankful that he still has a job in this economy and changing his schedule is a minor sacifice (sp?), I just needed to vent a little...
Thanks for listening... Warm hugs
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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Anything that disrupts the sleep of a fibromite is a BIG deal.  Hopefully, it won't take you too long to adjust. 
I agree; still having a job in this economy is a blessing.  It's just hard sometimes to deal with all of the disruptions, cut-backs, set-backs, and disappearing retirement accounts that this depression/recession has caused.  shakehead
Hugs - Austen
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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Panda,

That is a real bummer. Any change like this puts us in a spin. You'll have to get to sleep a little earlier at night so you can function. This isn't a good mental image, hubby unable to see well enough to drive and you half comatose!!!!

Actually I find the one thing I cannot seem to change is my sleep pattern. If I do I am like you headed for pain.

You'll adjust, you have to Girl!!!


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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe if you go to bed around 9 PM you can get back on schedule.  I rather have 9 hours of sleep but still do fine with 8 hours.  I don't take naps either but I have been know to doze off when on the computer...only for about 15 minutes.  Those are "power naps" and gives you the extra "umph" needed to finish out the day.  When I do this, I will get a cup of tea when I awaken and that perks me up again.  I don't lay down because I would REALLY fall asleep...for several hours...and that messes up my sleep schedule.  But with the power naps I'm not that comfy so I wake up quickly.  LOL
Is there anyone that lives close by that  you could carpool with.  Maybe they could pick him up in the morning and you could get him in the afternoon?   Or maybe offer some gas money a week, if there is someone close to you that heads that direction for work.  You'd be spending that money yourself driving and people are looking at ways to save.  Just a thought...
You'll be fine, though.  You can get by with 8 hours of sleep and still feel alright.  At least I can.
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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel for you Patti- if I have to get up that early, my body and brain is on autopilot and can hardly function. A couple weeks ago, I had to be up and out the door for a very early Dr's appt. (at a clinic that I go to only once a year, and it is quite a drive) I did not do that well. Could not think, and my body was moving like a snail.
I agree, hubby still has a job, which is good, but now to adapt to your new schedule! Hang in there- If your babbling and don't make any sense on any of your posts the next couple weeks, we'll understand! turn
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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Awwww, Patti girl! I'm so sorry that your hubby's new change is messing with your sleep. I don't get nearly enough sleep myself, but I still have a set schedule of about 6-7 hrs a night and if it gets messed up, I have bad pain, too. So I definitely understand!

I know it does take some time to get back on schedule, but hopefully you're body will reset itself soon. Until then, be gentle with yourself and nap if you need to! I find that even 15 minutes of light snoozing on the couch can really make a difference, especially in the late afternoon when I'm usually totally pooped!

love and hugs

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   Posted 3/25/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Patti,

I do not have any answers for you but wanted you to know you definitely have my sympathy.


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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Patti, like the others have said, any kind of sleep change will do me in.  If I have to get up even half an hour earlier I will toss & turn all night & have insomnia.  The next night I will be so over tired that I am wide awake.  It takes so long to get into a new pattern, for me.  I hope you find it quickly, hugs, Denise

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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Everybuddy!!!  I did wind up taking a little snooze this afternoon and feel a bit better.. Hubby even said I was walking better today!!  LOL.. I'm getting good at making it look like I'm doing great, even when I'm not.  But aren't we fibrmites pros at that to begin with!!?

Sherrine, I am going to bed right at 9:00 now.. LOL, I used to climb into bed around 9:30, when we were on the old schedule.. but I'd read or something for about an hour before I'd fall asleep... the hardest thing about this change is trying to go to bed when it's still daylight and that will be coming soon (we've been on this schedule before.. so I remember those days) I've always envied people that can power nap.  If I fall asleep during the day .. it has to be in bed or I just can't get into snooze mode.. even though I feel like I could just curl up on the floor and go to sleep.. I need my little beddy-bye.

You're all so wonderful and thoughtful!!! 

I'm going to try to make the best of it and start chasing the sunrise now!!  wink

Hugs all around!!

Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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