My first answer was my old motto "as much as you can get". But really, I found it has to do with my asthma and sleep apnea. I am told I snore loudly, though I believe this to be a viscious lie, but I'm sure that my sleep would be better if I could get the breath right strips to stay on with my avocado green face puddin' night cream, tee hee.
Actually, my pulmonologist told me that because of my hypoxia and apnea I was not getting restorative sleep andhe had me use my inhaler and Flonase nasal spray to open my nasal passages as wide as possibe, right before I went to sleep, so I could get the max amountof air in and out when I breathed. I'm sure you are on much stronger, and different things, but I would mention it to the doc to see if there is something along those lines that they can do. My ex hubbie used a bipap/cpap machine.
I take my pain meds a good while before I decide to sleep at supper time because the hydrocodone /opiates, effect the respiratory center, they suppress it, and that causes my apnea to get worse.
I'm glad I'm not the only recliner junkie. I had a ministe come over and try to recruit me for his church and he started getting really nasty with me about how I couldn't be a good Christian and servant of God sitting there like a lump in a recliner. I tried to explain I had lupus and he just rolled his eyes. After all, "you don't look that sick."
I now force myself to sleep most nights and to wake up early, even if I did't sleep much the night before.The schedule I used to hate, is helping me alot now.
ANother thingabout sleeping is your matress, the amount of humidity (not too dry) and darkness and quiet. one of my favorite tricks is to listen to a book on tape with headphones as I fall asleep.
Usually, if I get adequate nutrition, oxygen, and have good blood counts and am not in bad pain or sick, I should need 8 hours, but have slept up to18 and even 20 hours before when not doing well. Oddly, the longer I slept after the 8 hour mark, the harder it was to stay awake and initially awaken and I fell into a bad sleep pattern. It ended up with me taking medicine to get me back on track. When my sleep was so off, I ended up using a medicine called provigil, which is like a cross between a stimulant and an antidepressant. My rheumatologist has many patients on it. I think it helped me because it felt like it had a bronchodilator type action due to the stimulant side. I guess a lot of people with lupus that he has are on it and really like it as an alternative to steroids to fight fatigue when the bloodwork isn't real bad. And it gets you backon schedule. Some other drugs are useful for that too, if you get real off.
I hope all is well with you. I've been having home issues, with those people I call family, but it's okay. Just life. Know I'm prayin' for you.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn