Noticed something weird about sleep

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SleepyBug
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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
So for the past few days, my GERD has been acting up and so I've been drinking a lot of extra water. That is making me have to get up more in the night to use the bathroom, of course, and for the past 2 nights I've been up a good 4-5 times. (Normally I get up maybe once, but that doesn't even happen every night) The strange thing is that I have noticed that even though I've had more fatigue the past couple of days, my pain, especially first thing in the morning, has been less then it is when I stay in bed for 7-8 hours straight.

So I'm thinking..is the movement I'm getting just from getting up and around to go to the bathroom helping keep my body from stiffening up and hurting more? I know that if I lay down or sit too long during the day, my pain is worse. Maybe the same thing happens at night when we stay in bed for too many hours in a row?

But...who wants to get up 4 or 5 times a night??!

Has anyone else noticed a connection at all when they get up more often during the night??
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 8/7/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
In my fog I didn't explain that I don't usually sleep for 7-8 hours straight-I wish!! I normally don't fall asleep until 1-2 am and will wake up to roll over or adjust several times a night, I just don't normally actually get out of bed and walk around or anything. (I will wake up for just a few minutes and fall right back asleep)

I know that real sleep is something we fibromites desperately need, but I don't know how to get that! I had just noticed less pain when I get up and walk around during the night then when I just lay there..Does that make sense??

So Lunesta works well for you? Do you have many side effects?? I've wondered about sleep aides, but am kind of nervous to try them since I do have young kids and my husband could sleep through a darned tornado!! I don't want to take something that will knock me out so deeply I won't hear my kids if they get up or the phone rings or whatever.
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
My sleep dr. put me on Xyrem over 2 years ago to improve my sleep which it has significantly. He did tell to take some kind of anti-inflammatory or tylenol before bed because you do sleep so soundly on the med that you can get sore from laying in one position too long. I usually take 2 enteric coated aspirin and do pretty well with it. So I think your observation has some validity to it. Lisa
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/8/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I totally agree with you.  That is one reason why we are so stiff in the morning.  If you sit or lay too long you will be stiffer and in more pain.

I get up in the middle of the night about three times.  I'm stiff in the morning but it "shakes" off quicker than if I had stayed in bed all night long.  

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