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Old 07-07-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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Fixing sleep?

So, how do you guys keep a regular sleep schedule? Try as I may I keep flopping back and forth from going to bed between 9:30 and 10:30pm and waking up between 9:30 and 10:30am (which is the setup I feel the best at) and falling asleep between 7-9am and waking up at 3-5pm. I can't fix it or get it to stay. I was sleeping the right way until about a month and a half ago when my grandpa passed away and my heart started beating weird (turns out stress was causing my ventricle to beat before the atrium) and it got all messed up again. I feel like 8 times more fatigued than normal because of my sleep being like this but I have no idea how to fix it. I have no medication for sleep and I can't afford over the counter stuff.
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Re: Fixing sleep?

My sleep patterns were all screwed up for a long long time. I'm sure many factors came into play. The toll lack of sleep takes on you both physically and mentally is amazing. With FM its hard enough to keep a straight thought, add lack of sleep and it's babbling idiot time lol.
Many of the OTC stuff for sleep isn't horribly expensive and worth every cent if it works.

Things that help sleep are melatonin, benedryl- the generic is pretty cheap , Magnesium just before bedtime helps with muscle regeneration. Things you can do to help are to Create a relaxing atmosphere at least an hour before you want to go to sleep. Either quiet or relaxing soft music. Maybe even some relaxing meditation. Cut back on sugar and caffeine intake all day, not just at night. Limit coffee drinking if you drink it to just mornings and cut out pop/soda completely. If you are a pop drinker, the savings from that alone would pay for sleep aids.

For the past few years I take my tramadol an hour before going to bed followed by flexeril just as I head to bed, it keeps the pain and spasms to a level which allows me to sleep without waking up several times during the night.

Sure hope you can find a way to get some needed beneficial rest, it's so important to us with FM

 
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Re: Fixing sleep?

An alternative to OTC meds is valerian root tea. Valerian root is commonly used in sleep meds and it's pretty potent taken in pill form. The tea may not be sufficient but it's much less expensive and would be worth a try.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:09 PM   #4
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Re: Fixing sleep?

Thanks guys! Sadly I cannot take melatonin because I'm on Atenolol (beta-blocker). I was using it before to great success. I also cannot take seroquel anymore because of the Atenolol (my doctor in my hometown put me on this) and that was amazing. My doctor now won't give me muscle relaxers because he doesn't believe I have fibro, I've asked before. I try and have good sleep hygiene. My only vice is that I fall asleep watching a movie, but otherwise I'm pretty good. I keep a fan going, I don't use my computer or anything else in bed and I am normally in bed at a normal time. I may try out the valerian root!
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Re: Fixing sleep?

I've been in the same boat. My pain doctor is sending me to a sleep specialist. he thinks the first sleep study that a different doctor sent me to a facility for was probably inadequate.

Someone on a forum was asking about a new drug, called sifrol. If I hadn't already tried numerous meds, I wouldn't even consider this, but it has an intrigueing mechanism. I am not allowed to post the link to the study. Here's a quote:


"The pramipexole dose was titrated up to a target of 4.5 mg/day orally at bedtime.Pramipexole, used for Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome, is thought to inhibit excessive autonomic stimulation and arousal in the mesolimbic area of the hippocampus. It is not a sedating medication. Rather, its effects on arousal may allow normal stage IV sleep. The result is that "we're not making them sleep; we're allowing them to sleep," Dr. Holman said.
Adverse events associated with pramipexole included increased anxiety, morning somnolence, diarrhea, and vomiting. The hallucinations commonly reported by Parkinson's patients did not occur in this study."

I don't know how long it's been around, for safety assurances. The person asking about it had vomiting, and had not been put on anything else first. Her doctor finally owned up that it was a "trial". I'll let you know how the specialist directs me. Some nights I wake up between every sleep cycle, and can't get back to sleep sometimes.

 
Old 07-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #6
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Re: Fixing sleep?

Id love if you could let me know! I haven't done a sleep study yet, but once I see a rhuemy I'm going to ask about one.
I wake up every 1.5 to 3 hours to go pee. Isn't the between cycles? It sucks!
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