A question about sleep

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   Posted 5/4/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if I am the only one who feel like c$%p after I take an catnap in the afternoon.  Because I hardly sleep at night from various pains etc, I find myself dozing off during the day if I'm not out somewhere pouring cement or rock climbing...LOL!  Anyway, I feel so horrible and the pain is far worse than when I wake up in the morning...I thought sleep was supposed to help fibro.  Am I the only one who feels this way?
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   Posted 5/4/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Continuous and uninterupted HOURS of sleep is helpful for Fibro. Catnaps do not do enough to give us any regenerative sleep. It usually just makes me foggier.........
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   Posted 5/4/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, sometimes. Sometimes a nap is very helpful, but other times I just never quite wake up from a nap. I'm sluggish and super-foggy the rest of the day. Like everything else with fibro, you just never know what you're gonna get.
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually don't. But I know I need the rest, twice a day, I work full time.

When I use to have real bad pain in the morning when I got up it was only until I used a sleep med to give me some sense of relief. I still hate it now when I get up in the morning and feel like I've been circling the spot (like dogs do when they get ready to curl up and lay down) in my bed since I went to bed the night before. I just don't have the massive stiffness like I did a few months back, but I still can be sore as all get out.

I find that just laying or in a relaxed sitting position that relieves some stress from my body and doing it where I can close my mind for 30 min twice a day at work helps tremendously. It took me a year or two to figure that out.

Find a way to relax more...hot bath/shower, heating pad, good movie to make you laugh :-) (Not like you haven't heard all this b/4.) On weekends I love my movies to escape my aches.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this same problem, Donna.

Erm.. I think. I just woke up from a catnap, you see, and I'm a little foggy headed and tick tongued.

My problem is that I seem to have two choices in life-I can go, go, go all day long and never sit down (which leaves me hurting terribly) or I can go, go, go during the late morning and early afternoon (which is when I feel my best) then actually sit down in the later afternoon...and then fall asleep within about 10 minutes. So-go nonstop and hurt so bad I want to cry, or take a break and fall asleep, only to wake up 20-30 minutes later feeling MORE tired and MORE foggy. I just can't win here it seems.

Anyway-I definitely know what you're saying!

P.S. Binki-that 30 minutes to clear the mind thing sounds awesome, but I don't know how to do that without falling asleep! It's as though as soon as my behind hits the couch, my eyes can't stay open (and no, sitting up doesn't help. I take most of my catnaps sitting up!)
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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Yep, Donna, that happens to me too and it's really hard to wake up for me.  That's why I don't nap.  I drink a cup of tea instead and that perks me up....as perky as we fibromites get!  smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Naps usually make me feel even more tired too. I am not a very happy camper if I sleep during the day, save the occasional Sunday snuggle with my husband or my toddler.

Sherrine, you just sparked a craving for tea! :) Think I'll grab a cup.


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   Posted 5/5/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, the first symptom I noticed besides my hands hurting was that my naps' style had changed. I was the world's best napper. I lettered in competitive sleeping and could sleep on command, anywhere, on a movie bus, standing up, you name it. I could take 3 hour afternoon naps on Saturdays and still go to bed at the regular time, feeling great. Then I started feeling really kind of achy getting up. And then I got snappish, as if I were still tired and hadn't slept. Worst of all, I sure couldn't control when I wanted to sleep, and sometimes I couldn't sleep at all. That's when I knew something was wrong. So. that's a great observation about naps.

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   Posted 5/5/2009 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I use to take naps in the mid morning or early afternoons until I found out that I had Sleep Apnea. I would also wake up tired from a nights sleep or a nap and not understand why. I'm hoping to have my C-Pap machine soon. I can't wait. Now there's something I thought I would never be excited over.... go figure. yeah

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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't slept all night. I usually take a nap around 10 ish in the morning and sleep till 1:00, then i wake up very foggy and cranky, but it helps me through the rest of my run, run day.
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Donna-

I do know I have to rest my whole body twice a day. Whether I get on the couch or in my bed. My muscles fatigue easily. Usually late morning and late afternoon. Some days I have to take a "real" nap when I get up too early in the morning. Last couple of days I have been getting up at 5:00 AM- what is up with that??? 

When I do go into a sound sleep- when I wake up, sometimes I am OK and some days I am so groggy/foggy and it takes me forever to get going again. So far I just take it a day at a time and go by what the "ole" body is telling me to do.


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