Beckie at Beckie’s Mental Mess is on week 13 of her Working On Us series and the topic this week is sleeping disorders. With my chronic insomnia, I had to join.
Prompt #1 Questions:
Have you, or do you suffer from sleep disorders?
Yes, I have chronic insomnia. It’s part of my Fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia often are not able to reach the deep, healing level in their sleep cycle. The lack of restorative sleep is part of the pain, fatigue and memory problems.
- Have you sought treatment for your sleep disorders?
I’ve talked to every pain management doctor I’ve seen. A few of them referred me to a therapist to try different behavioral exercises to improve my sleep but it never helped. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
- Have you ever had a sleep study on you, and if so, what was recommended?
I’ve never been to sleep clinic or had a study done. I’ve asked my daughters about sleep apnea and they tell me I snore but dont stop breathing. It appears to be the Fibromyalgia related sleep problem.
- Has your doctor prescribed medication for your sleep disorder, if so, what has worked for you?
One doctor gave me Lunesta. I worked up to taking two of the 3mg pills every night. (It comes in 2mg and 3mg) Then I had an occurrence where I was taking the medication in my sleep. Like sleepwalking but sleep-medicating. I was completely unaware that I was doing it. I took almost the entire bottle. Almost sixty pills during a six-eighteen hour period. It’s a miracle that I didn’t die. I just slept for thirty-six hours. I moved my pills into my daughter’s room after that. I also requested a medication change.
I now take 30mg (max dose) of Restoril every night. Plus I have a bolus (extra dose) programmed into my intrathecal pain pump for 3:00am to help.
- Have you ever tried home remedies to alleviate your sleep disorders?
I’ve tried every home remedy suggested and read about. None of them helped.
- What’s the longest amount of time you went without sleep?
I have gone three days without sleep. My eyes get buggy and my head feels spacey and I have auditory hallucinations. It’s not fun at all.
I still, even with medication and no outside interruptions (Ben) only get maybe 5-6 hours of sleep on a good night. Even that is broken. I wake up after 90 minutes or so. Most nights I sleep about four hours. I do take naps when I can. The naps aren’t the reason I can’t sleep at night, neither is the coffee I drink. I’ve tried so many things to improve my sleep and the medication is the only thing that helps even a little.
Sleeping problems can trigger my depression if I don’t watch out for it. Sleep is so important to our overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
Thank you Beckie for shining a light on this subject.
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