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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sleepless

As many people with FMS know, one of the symptoms to this disorder/disease/whatever is insomnia.  We can't sleep because of the pain or the depression. Sleep aids, whether over the counter or prescribed, do little good. 

I have been taking Dalmane for my insomnia.  My problem is that I build up a tolerance to certain medications rather quickly.  While my body is exhausted (all the time) and I can barely keep my eyes open after taking my bedtime medication, as soon as I lay down, put on my sleep mask (so the sun doesn't disturb me), I'm awake.  Lately I have been up until 5:00 a.m. or so just trying to fall asleep.  It's 5:00 a.m. now and I go so frustrated about not being able to sleep that I decided to blog about it.

I have tried just about everything: hot chamomile or sleepytime tea at night (even though it's about 90-95 degrees after the sun goes down), hot baths, meditation, listening to relaxing music, listening to talk radio that should bore me to sleep, reading, etc, etc, etc.  I don't know what to do anymore!  I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!

When I do fall asleep at about 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning, I start waking up at around 9:00 or 10:00.  I roll over and go back to sleep, but only for about an hour or two.  Thus, I am not getting adequate sleep.  I nap in the afternoons sometimes, which isn't a problem.  It's getting to sleep at night when I have issues.  Could this be psychological?  I sometimes have disturbing dreams when I do sleep and often wake up depressed because of them.

I need to know if anybody out there has another trick to fall asleep.  I need help...and FAST!

Gentle hugs and restful nights to all,
Jessica

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