I work full time at a desk job. I started taking one 1/2 hr break about
3 to 4 hrs into my shift at work, tuning everything thing out with my headphones in the break room and a 45 min break about
2 to 2 1/2 hrs later, which I read and sometimes nod off for a few minutes. Then about
2 hrs later I get to go home. Luckily, my dh works at the same place and we carpool.
I know you said you can't take any sleep meds, but if I couldn't get the least amount of sleep I get now I wouldn't be able to work as long a shift I do. I think you should really take advantage of total rest the days you are home all day b/4 going in. I find my weekends are 75% "lazy" and the rest is getting laundry and shopping done. I try to push my house chores off to my dh. He usually does them for me.
Hang in there, hun. Keep trying different alternatives to aids in sleeping/rest time and to help control your pain level. I do push myself to 'exercise', riding my stationary bike, four times a week. I found that hard! Because, like you, I am so fatigued and wore out from sitting at a desk all day. I stretch while I'm at my desk when I have a minute or two. I'm assistant to just about
everyone at my work. Lots of personalities, ugh.
Keep up the good work your doing.