I have been monitoring my sleep since boxing day 2018 and have found on average I achieve 45min- 1h15min a night, an 1hr REM and the rest is diffused through mostly light sleep and waking on average. However if I nap I can achieve up to 3hrs of deep sleep. Im not sure if this is medications but I was an insomniac as early as grade 9 or 10. And i was always a light sleeper. I ask because I would like to know if this is… read more
Minus the REM sleep as those who have fibro never reach REM stage sleep which is why we are always tired.
Yes, I use my FitBit to monitor my sleep. As I understand it, it’s not REM sleeping we miss out on, its the deep sleep earlier in the night (Stage 4 sleep). Our bodies need a minimum of 90 minutes in stage 4 sleep to release Human Growth Hormone ((HGH) which in turn, during the rest of the night, mends the micro injuries the human body gets every day at the cellular level. Mitrochondia cells are the energy producers for our muscles and if these are never mended the classic morning fibro feeling of exhaustion, pain and stiffness ensues.
I have tried all sorts to achieve this stage 4 sleep by trying different combinations of meds and supplements and monitoring my levels of sleep with my Fitbit.
At present a combination of melatonin, 5-HTP and Zopiclone is working well for me.
I initially used a FitBit and then switched to Apple Watch about a year ago. Depending on the watch or the apps, they record the sleep in different ways. Like others, i spend most of my time in light sleep and am unable to get the needed amounts of deep or REM sleep. Although there are some nights where I definitely struggle with insomnia, its usually between 3 and 6 am. I rarely sleep past 6 am. My biggest problem is that I never get enough restful sleep so I always wake up tired, achy, and groggy. I have tried many many many meds and other strategies, including medical marijuana, but nothing ever seems to improve the sleep quality. Most actually make the pain and grogginess worse. In fact, the longer I sleep, the worse my pain level is in the morning. Go figure...lol. So, I try to nap most afternoons, and that helps me get through the evenings without falling asleep in my chair at 8 pm.
I use one and I get about 2-3 deep sleep my dr wants me to try to get 6-7 I told her that would be a miracle but I have at times gotten a 5 it all depends on how much pain I am in at night but I like it because I can kind of keep track and also lets me know that a nap might be in order
I use a Myfit which has helped me so much with getting better sleep! It shows how much of your sleep is deep sleep, light sleep and how many times you get up in the night if it’s longer than a few minutes. I found I get very little deep sleep when I take the sleeping pill Ambium which was an eye opener! The Myfit was only about $35.00 which was a bargain and the charge lasts several days.