At my last rheumatologist appointment, my rheum and I talked about the significant fatigue I had been experiencing. I would get up for a few hours in the morning and then immediately have to go back to bed for several hours, despite getting between seven and 12 hours of sleep per night.
Since I got sick, sleep has been an issue for me, to a greater or lesser extent. I would say that I always have some pain while sleeping, but especially when I am flaring. It literally feels like my body is crushing in on itself. I take both anti-anxiety medication and a muscle relaxant to help me sleep at night, and for the most part, this works.
Fatigue is common in RA, and something that most of us struggle with.
I think a lot of times, we don’t necessarily associate the fatigue that comes with RA to the fact that we may not be sleeping well. Sounds simple enough. But I think we think of fatigue as a symptom rather than a suggestion of s...
Sleep is becoming a rationed commodity. It's what we do when we have nothing else to do. Our jobs, social activities, sports, even late night TV all seem to come first. Sometimes we don't sleep until we're just too exhausted to do anything else.
Yet, the importance of sleep cannot be denied, both to physical and mental well being. A tired person is never at his best. He walks around in a semi-daze, not performing well at work, not enjoying social activities, not really living, but merely existing. In fact, he can be downright dangerous. Many accidents, on the job, in the home, or in the car, occur because of sleep deprivation.
So many things can disrupt our sleep without the added pressure of any of the above causes.
Causes of sleep deprivation and what to do about them
Noise: The crying baby in the next-door apartment. The man with the drums right above you, with the loud boom BOOM boom that seems to go right through you. All-night parties, barking dogs, ...
Most Americans do not get enough sleep each night. Medical experts say that you should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep, but recent statistics revealed that many people are getting less than 5 to 6 hours. If you are not getting enough sleep, it can have adverse affects on your overall health. For example, it may cause unwanted weight gain, or a constant feeling of sluggishness throughout the day. People use many excuses for not getting to bed at a decent time. “I have to clean the house, and nighttime is the only time I can get everything done;” or “I love watching late night television.” No matter what excuse you are using, your lack of a good night’s sleep can be a problem. Some people, however, bring their stress problems into the bedroom, and that can have disastrous results. Not only will stress affect your sex life, it will also affect your ability to get the rest you need. No matter what has caused stre...
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