Early Bird or Night Owl ?

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   Posted 3/15/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi My Friends,
   This might sound like a silly question but, I wonder if different sleeping patterns play a role in our disease activity. I know that we need a certain amount of sleep to feel better, but do the ones of you who sleep more at night vs the ones who sleep better in the day feel any different?
  I have always been a night owl even as a kid. I just like to stay up late and sleep in when I can. Even when I worked during the day and had to be at work early in the mornings I couldn't make myself go to bed early.
  When I was younger I did have one job that I worked from midnight till 8am and loved the hours, although, I hated the job. When I was in the Air Force I worked rotating shifts. Day shift for 4 days, evening shift for 4 days and nights for 4 days, then off for 4 days. That really messes with sleep patterns!
  After getting out of the AF I worked all day jobs, except for one until I was no longer able to work in 1998, so I didn't get the proper amount of sleep during those years. Now I work part-time, but don't have to be at work till around 4 or 5pm most days..thank goodness!!
  I have been having sleeping problems lately so I have no pattern right now, but overall, I seem to sleep better during the early morning and day and feel better when I do. For some reason when I sleep at night I don't feel as well rested as I do when I sleep during the day.
  Ok, thats enough about me. Let's hear your stories!
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   Posted 3/15/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a bit more of a night owl, I've always had difficulty getting up before 7:00 am, regardless of bedtime. (Even when healthy, I needed 9 hrs to feel good, but could manage w/8 for 5 days if I got to sleep in on the weekends)

Going to sleep before 10 is impossible for me, but 10:30 or 11 seems to work better.

Unless I'm having a run of insomnia, then I have severely messed up sleep for 2-3 weeks before I can get back to normal. I either get the can't-go-to-sleep or the can't-stay-asleep insomnias -- sometimes together -- usually followed by the can't-wake-up mornings where it's totally physically impossible to move till noon or later.

If the sleep issues could be reliably addressed, and not be affected by stress, prednisone, disease, other drugs, or anything -- then I believe we'd all feel much better, and many of our flares could be avoided or minimized.

Just my $.02,


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   Posted 3/15/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmmm...well..I dunno if I can help you, because the healthy me was always a night owl like you Babs, even though I had a houseful of kids and a job, maybe because it was my true alone time?  but anyway I managed for years.  Since my illnesses were dx, my sleep patterns are very unpredictable.  But never sleep till noon, not even when I am up till 4 or 5 am.  I think I even approached my doc about sleep aids, but he said no eyes at least he must have said no..cuz I dont have anything! tongue   I also have the long bouts with insomnia or the cant get...or stay asleep thing going on too lynn, very frustrating, its like..there is no complete rest. or shud I say quality rest?
Yep..that's my  $.02 worth too Babs.. not sure how helpful it is to ya
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   Posted 3/15/2007 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've always demanded a lot of sleep. For the short time when I wasn't working I would stay up late and sleep late if possible but since being dx with lupus and working FT I am usually in the bed by 10:30 (or earlier if flaring) and get up around 6:45, I would sleep later if I could tongue . So I guess I'm not an early bird or night owl... I'm a daytimer yeah lol

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   Posted 3/15/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Another interesting topic, Barb. You're on a roll this week!

Before getting sick, I was a night owl and a morning person. I worked full time and had two kids. I was active in volunteer activities etc etc. I actually got up extra early to have my "own wake up time" and sometimes even start some laundry or whatever. I would stay up nights and read. I slept on average 6-7 hours per night and felt great.

But nowwww, tonite is late for me. I know I can sleep in tomorrow. Basically, I sleep on average 10-12 hours per night and can easily nap 2 hours during the day. The problem is my sleep quality is poor. That is beginning to change since I saw a new psychiatrist who finally "heard" me when I said that I felt that I would feel better mentally and physically if I slept better. She prescribed gabapentin (sp?) which so far is helping.
I am falling asleep more easily, not waking up as frequently and falling back to sleep more easily. So...some progress.

To sum it up, I'm just a sleepy head!

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   Posted 3/16/2007 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I too come alive at night, but at the same time need 8 or 9 hours of sleep. I believe that all the meds I take are what cause my insomnia. Let's see, it's 5:30 am and I haven't been to sleep yet. And my tile guy will show up at 9:00 a.m. I just try to go with the flow and rest when I get tired.
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