Can't sleep then can't wake up?

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mprrkkp
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   Posted 12/14/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Lupus and RA and I'm 16. I have a hard time falling asleep even though I'm really tired but once I finally do fall asleep I can sleep forever. I lay in bed for hours...sometimes Ill fall asleep for 10 minutes here and there but can't really sleep well. Eventually I fall asleep for good and I if someone doesn't force me to get up I won't wake up for about 12 hours. It's just making it really difficult to get up for school! I've been trying to go to bed earlier lately so I can get more sleep but it's not very effective if I can't even fall asleep haha...Any suggestions?

Healingwithin
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   Posted 12/14/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I know to suggest is to let your doctor know. Maybe he will prescribe a sleep aid for you. I know some of the members on here take an over the counter sleep aid. But I would talk to your doctor first because it might not mix well with the meds. You are on.
Warm bath before bed spend 30min. In quite to relax before going to bed.
And no sugar or caffeine after 3 pm.
Please call your doctor there might be more going on with you.
I would like to hear back from you.

StillTired
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   Posted 12/14/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same issue. Definitely talk to your doctor about it and consider bringing up a sleep study. They aren't loads of fun but it will provide insight into whats going on before and during sleep.

Chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, circadian disorders, etc, can mess with your sleep and a sleep study will certainly show what type and quality of sleep you're getting and what your brain is doing for those 12 hours.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/14/2011 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
That is fairly common with lupus, particularly if you are taking prednisone. I know taking a sleep aid kinda' sounds like the opposite of what you want to do, since you can't wake up.

I used to sleep almost 18 hours a day and always feel exhausted. Once I talked with my doctor, he prescribed a sleep aid -- and the first day I took it I woke up refreshed, which I hadn't done in years!

The goal is deep restorative sleep, which it sounds like you aren't getting -- please talk with your doctor!
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shoeless
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   Posted 12/26/2011 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
what are you taking Lynn?

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/26/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Trazadone (actually an anti-depressant with cross-use as a sleep aid) -- but that doesn't mean it would be the right thing for you.

Your Dr must take into consideration your other meds and your circumstances before choosing a sleep aid that it right for you. A drug for people that can't get to sleep can be different than what you'd use if you can go to sleep but can't stay asleep, etc.
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