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Can't Sleep! Ugh!

Dec 31, 2018 3:02 AM

Another night with no sleep! Hopefully my meds kick in fast. I'm totally exhausted. Its 3am....this is insane!😢

Dec 31, 2018 7:40 AM

I'm so sorry you're having problems sleeping. I do too. I take a sleeping med but only get few hours sleep.

Dec 31, 2018 4:15 PM

Its sucks...then I'm super grouchy during the day because I've had no sleep.

Mar 11, 2019 10:50 PM

I had years of sleepless nights. Night after night leaving me mentally, physically exhausted and frankly irritable as hell.

Just some suggestions... hope they might help

Mobility is important.. walk... how fast or slow you are going is irrelevant
Before bed.... at least 3hrs before no caffeine, no excitement and no tv
Yoga... yes it works if you do the exercises targeting The problem area but slowly does it
Invest in a d loop strap... really great for exerting force.
Alternating hot and cold compresses
Hot shower
Breathing exercises or meditation for 5 minutes
Topical analgesia. Use the strong stuff.
Hand held massage machine
Oral painkillers... use paracetamol and ibuprofen together. *please don’t use these if your pregnant, breastfeeding feeding, have asthma, gastric issues.

Hope u feel well soon

Mar 12, 2019 8:24 AM

I agree with the advice sakram suggested, because I've been doing most of these for the past 2 years. My sleep med doctor gave me a list and it had most of these same suggestions. But I also started trying different sleep supplements, like hot relaxing teas, and melatonin. The problem I found with the general melatonin was that I would fall asleep but wake 3-5 hours later unable to go back to sleep, night after night. So I went online shopping for other supplements. The first one was called "Remfresh" and it was real expensive for my budget. It worked fairly well but I would still wake up 5-6 hours later and didn't feel all that well rested. Then I started using "Natrol Melatonin Timed Release" and it works much better than any melatonin product I've ever used. I still wake up every 2-4 hours to potty, but I go back to sleep. My body gets on average 6-9 hours of sleep, depending on how much pain I'm having each night (my pain tends to ramp up in the evenings after I get still). And I actually feel rested enough that I can function better. Of course when the fibromyalgia muscle pain & Sjogrens joint pain flares up, sleep is a moot point.

Mar 12, 2019 8:35 PM

I’ve never used melatonin..I’m going to look into that. My biggest problem is being comfortable enough to sleep and then staying asleep

Have u tried delta wave music therapy... ? It’s meant to promote deep sleep
I use it all the time

Mar 12, 2019 8:53 PM

Me too. My hips are throbbing and I'm so uncomfortable. Goddam storm!!!!

Mar 13, 2019 10:58 AM

I've not used the music therapy. But I purchased a white noise machine to drown out other noises. I'm easily wakened but noises, and this has helped. It's soothing & somewhat hypnotic.

Mar 13, 2019 4:13 PM

Good to know..
Well whatever work right.l

Have a good night
Rest well

Mar 15, 2019 9:18 PM

I listen to ocean waves. I Like the repetitive gentle sounds of nature ie; gentle rain. Sorry GingerNelly, in a good mask that blocks out light ( hubby insist on leaving the tv on in our bedroom). Any suggestions sakram about aloudly snoring husband ? Lol He has sleep apnea and snores like a freight train. Doesn’t always wear his cpap mask. I too have a very difficult time sleeping due to pain and side effects from my meds. Hope you all have a restful night.

Mar 16, 2019 6:04 PM

Hi sweetie..
1) go to bed earlier then him... so your in Deep sleep before his train leaves the station 😂😂
2) nasal strips ? He could try them
3) you can get roll on sleep products which you put on your pulse points
4) ocean waves help me too.. but biuranal rhythms target delta waves which promote deep sleep.
5) meditation and breathing exercises.Take 10 minutes out. Sit cross legged on a blanket... dark room.
Take breath in through your nose.. out through your mouth. Focus on how air enters your ribcage
6) yoga... or Pilates.. I do it every night 2 hours... helps with mobility and releases muscle tension therefore allows better comfort
7) when in bed .. sleep...
not watch tv.. not reading.. not chatting... it’s all about programming your brain to associate bed with sleep.

After the accident I struggled to sleep more than 2 hours a night but it’s got better.
Hang in there. Hope things get easier for you.

Xxx

Mar 20, 2019 10:46 PM

Darn my comments weren’t saved. Oh well... thanks for your input. Have tried some of your suggestion ; meditation. The train has left the station early in the evening. I would have to go to bed by 8 pm to be able to get to bed before him. Lol would like to try the biuranal music? Never heard of it. Am guilty of using this app in bed late into the morning because of lack of sleep. Thanks for your thoughts. Will try the music and look into the med(?) you put into pulse points. 🦋🤗

Mar 21, 2019 8:50 PM

No problem pain warrior .. it’s after 2am here I’m wide awake due to pain so I know how it feels
Xxx

Best wishes

Mar 22, 2019 6:01 AM

I know the feeling. I've had insomnia in one form or another since I was a kid. A lot of the time, when I am able to sleep, I have awful nightmares. Hopefully you feel better soon and can get some sleep!

Mar 23, 2019 3:36 PM

Thank you all. Good luck and better sleep to everyone
❤️❤️

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