difficulty getting to sleep/insomnia
I'm 40 years old, and was diagnosed 5 years ago with Addison's.. since then, sleep has been very difficult, but manageable. I'm finding it no longer to be manageable.. in fact, it is my biggest demon because I cannot get to sleep without some sort of "aid", and then feel like a train wreck in the morning. I really don't see the mornings anymore.
I know that part of the problem is that I take my last dose of cortisone fairly late in the eve because if i don't then I wake up in the middle of the night feeling awful with low steroid symptoms (nausea, lightheaded, etc).. so I've found that if I take last dose between 8-9 pm, I can get by until about 6 am. However, taking it late means that I cannot get to sleep... so i get very frustrated and give into some sort of sleep pill. I've gotten myself into a horrible cycle that I don't know how to change.. and I've lost my job because of it.
Do any of you have difficulty getting to sleep? And do you think it has to do with steroids?
Would love to hear if anyone has any suggestions...
Thank you for reading..