A Terrible Night!

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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
   I know most of you can relate to sleep problems that go along with Fibro, & this had to be one of my worst. confused
   Although I have to get in & out of bed a certain way as not to cause my muscles to tighten up, I'm fortunate that I have very little pain during the night.
  As usual, I was on the computer quiet late last evening & about 1:30am felt like I needed to go to bed (That's normal for me & I seldome even feel tired then)
   I layed there untill 2:00, got up, went to the bathroom, wandered around awhile then back in bed. 3:30am, I'm still wide awake! I toss & turn & finally decide to get back up, thought what the heck & done some ironing. 5:00am I lay back down thinking surely I can fall asleep. WRONG! Laid there untill the alarm went off at 6:30am for my husband. (Retired but has a part time, two day's a week job at our local grocery)
   I stayed up with him untill he left at 7:45am & started cleaning house, even mopped the laundry room, kitchen & bath. smhair
   Finally at 11:30am I took a pain pill, muscle relaxant & layed back in bed, slept maybe an hour & a half & that was it. So here I am at 11:00pm at the computer & wondering how this night is going to turn out for me because once again, I don't even feel tired.
  That had to be so far, my worst night yet, praying I can fall asleep tonight. 
   Have any of you experienced this before?   ~Sande~  rolleyes

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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sande,
That certainly sounded like the night from he**... I do have trouble sleeping most nights. I take Ambien every night and some nights, have to take something else with it. I am so tired when I go to bed, which is 11p or later and then I just lie there. It is so frustrating and I try so hard not to get upset. I try to meditate or just concentrate on my breathing. Then there are times that I lie down and am sleeping within 15 minutes. I just don't understand it.

I hope tonight is a much better night for you and you are able to sleep well. It is so important for everyone to get a decent night's sleep. Sleepless nights only add to our pain.
Warm wishes,

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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sande,

I've had nights like that. I go from bed, to the computer, to the t.v. This goes on most all night till finally I can go to sleep. My husband leaves for work at 5:00 a.m. and sometimes I'm still up when he leaves! I've learned now to take Ambien and it helps me rest and go to sleep easier.

 Getting no sleep will usually catch up with me and then I'll sleep most of the day and feel worse when I get up. I hope you are able to get some rest soon!

Hugs!!  Margie

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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
This is my story, too. I have had many nights when I either try to go to sleep when my hoosband does, and have to get up again right away, or I just stay in my study and read, or work on something. When its bad, I try to make sure I am at least in the bed before his alarm goes off at 5:30am. I have never been a good sleeper but now I take a combo of melatonin and valerian. Its ok, but I need to take it earlier because it can take a while to kick in. Sometimes I have a few graham crackers with milk, and that helps too. Also, while I read in bed I use headphones to listen to a CD of surf sounds. Its alot like white noise, but has a little more life to it. I also use lavender oil on the bottom of my feet before bed. I add a little grapefruit oil, too, because for me, lavender is a little much. It doesn't help me get to sleep but it helps have a better rest. My hoosband is 100% convinced that it helps him. So, when I feel I can sleep, I do. When I know its gonna be a late night [or early morning!] I take it as it goes and make the most out of a clandestine night awake!
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   Posted 1/19/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay. this might sound funny but when this happens to me, I get up and have something to eat. I keep bottles of ensure around the house so that I do not have to make something. Another option is half of a cheese sandwich.

For some reason, during middle age, our bodies will swear we have not eaten enough. Usually once I eat, I fall asleep within half an hour.

Exercise helps a lot and so do meds. If I use both and eat something I sleep better and longer.


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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with Donnaeil on this.  That was me last night!!  I finally stopped tossing and turning around 3:30 am...but I honestly think it was the diet pepsi I drank in the evening THIS time...but most of the time, I do what Donnaeil suggested.  I play cards on yahoo..or play a game on the Wii..etc   For some reason..the smallest thing to eat..if you dont have ensure will help you sleep.  A glass of warm milk (yuk) is said to be very beneficial to help bring on sleep.
Hope you sleep better tonite.  Although, I have to say, that if I have a bad nights sleep, I still wont nap, because I fear starting a cycle of sleeplessness.  Seems that I am not able to sleep during the day without paying for it that night.
Hope this helps
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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the same night last night too.Up til all hours..4 hrs sleep for the last week.I've really had enough...I don't wanna play no more! cry
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   Posted 1/20/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi WildOrchid,

You have only had four hours of sleep within the last week???

You really need to talk to your doctor about this. That is just not healthy. You are really going to get run down and then will have a bad flare from that.

I sleep easy and can sleep often, I just don't get a refreshing sleep. I am still always tired.

Talk to your doctor about getting something for sleep.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/21/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I take a half of a Unisom with my night time meds. It really seems to help.  I take my night time meds about an hour before I plan to get into bed.  Oh yes, I have nights like that too.  When it happens I get up and make a cup of hot cocoa and a peice of toast w/peanut butter.  I'm usually back in bed and asleep within an hour or so.   I never play a computer game or get on the computer at all, it makes my mind too active.  Instead I look for the most boring thing on TV or read.

And yes.... lack of sleep only adds to pain and anxiety.

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