Yeah, the best description I've seen for it that matched my experience is "wired-tired." Exhausted as heck, but body is restless/agitated. It used to really burn me out because I needed all the sleep I could get but couldn't manage more than 4 hrs.
You've perfectly described how I am feeling right now. It reminds me of my university days where I felt leaving things to the last minute - and pulling an all-nighter - was the optimal way to prepare for exams!
Has gotten a lot better with the babesia treatments over time. But when I herx hard (like with this coartem cycle I'm currently on) this insomnia flares back up, but nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The antihistamines help, I'm taking allegra and zyrtec. I hope the melatonin helps!
Thanks, I will keep those antihistamines in mind should the melatonin not work out.
I've always liked this guy's overview of the infections: https://conniestrasheim.org/blog/2017/3/6/a-deep-look-at-the-symptoms-of-six-major-lyme-related-infections
"Borrelia symptom patterns are a bit harder to define because this organism isn’t as aggressive as the others. The distinguishing symptom that it causes is fatigue; people who have active Borrelia symptoms tend to have more fatigue than those whose predominant symptoms are due to Bartonella or Babesia. People with active Babesia and Bartonella are much more restless than those with active Borrelia infections. All of the infections cause exhaustion; that is ubiquitous within the entire family of neurotoxin infections, but Babesia and Bartonella cause more restlessness, whereas people who are primarily manifesting Borrelia symptoms are often more tired. Feeling “wired and tired” is common with all the neurotoxin diseases, so I am really just focusing on the shades of gray here."
This was a fantastic read. Thanks. I've bookmarked it.