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Sleep???
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What are your thoughts? Lately I have not been falling into a deep sleep. Sometimes I get up with my husband at 4:30am but I'm back in bed by 530 for a few hours.. I don't do ALOT of chores during the day, so I feel like I just don't ever sleep properly or do enough activities to "trigger" deep sleep😠😞
And I don't nap either... I slept maybe 4 hours and restless slept the other 3-4. Today I just feel so tired!! But forcing myself to stay up....

posted July 27, 2022
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@A MyFibroTeam Member - I had a holistic doctor recommend foot soaks with Epsom salts for magnesium absorption because the feet are able to absorb more than other parts of our body. Since it is almost impossible for me to do a nightly/daily bathtub soak with Epsom salts, I decided to try my doctor's recommendation. It seems to be working! Now, keep in mind that I soak my feet nightly for approximately one hour. I just view it as part of my physical therapy regimen... 😊

posted July 31, 2022
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@A MyFibroTeam Member, I've learned that when I fall into such patterns, I need to take my sleep med without feeling guilty/any shame. That helps me regain energy to be able to do other things to help with better sleep. For me:
1. Relaxation practice and yoga nidra twice or more during the day. I have share some here with everyone. Over the past years, I've been able to search and save the ones thatwork for me - topic/focus-based.
2. Nothing that disturbs my calm a couple of hours before sleep, eg. movie, music, coversation, etc. I wear my sound mufflers while my husband is watching his type of shows (suspence/thrillers) anything load and fast-paced.
3. Empty my mind in a way that works for me, write, knit, look after my plants.
4. Calm my nervous system basically.
Hope this helps. I hope that u figure it out son my dear friend.💜🌷

posted July 31, 2022
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I recently read that because people w/fibro are always in the "fight or flight" mode (dysfunction w/ sympathetic/ parasympathetic nervous system) we are not able to get into the deep, restorative sleep phase... One reason for the fatigue and fibro fog, and that's also the stage where muscles repair themselves from the micro traumas, so - no repair = pain.
For ME, I finally found the right combo and timing of meds and am sleeping pretty good. Best of luck to you 😘
Hugs, Deb

posted July 27, 2022
A MyFibroTeam Member

Well, I suffer from severe insomnia. I may fall asleep, 1 hour and then stay up for 4 hours.,I have no choice but to take naps to recover. Doing Yoga or Qigong through the day helps you sleep. You have to make yourself tired. Also, chamomile tea with cinnamon, which is an anti inflammatory helps too. Meditation is extremely helpful. I put on my beats and close my eyes and play it for at least half an hour. But, if you’re inactive, it will not help you get to sleep. Walk for 30 minutes, start with what you can. Reading also makes your eyes tired and you fall asleep. Stop all caffeine at 7 pm. Take Melatonin but ask you’re doctor what dose is best for you! I hope this helped. This site is giving me problems, I see your email, but I can’t view your post on the site, otherwise I write back ASAP!

posted July 27, 2022
A MyFibroTeam Member

I’m with you Donna. I just use Chamomile tea with a few sprinkles of cinnamon. Cinnamon is an anti inflammatory. They recommend instead of using sugar use cinnamon. Valerian root is amazing and puts you right to sleep. Guided meditation is key is do Qigong and yoga combined with a guided Med meditation, her name is Marissa with a Buddhist monk. Also, Yoga with Adrienne bedtime or for chronic pain. She is very good and is very low impact. Try these daily if it doesn’t work I have more strategies. Try to be a little more active during the day. You have to make your body get tired ! Stretch out your inflamed muscles! Also, use Melatonin but ask your doctor or pharmacist which dose is best for you, take it with your tea and it takes you to wonder land! I wish you the best but I would see your doctor ASAP, sleep is essential for your brain to recover during REM sleep! I was up for 5 days straight they had to put me in the hospital to regulate my sleep and find the right set of meds to put me to sleep. You’re going to be okay, but please call your doctor or a nurse practitioner !

posted July 31, 2022

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