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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...
MY FAMILY SLEEPS
In my dreams Gargoyles with drooling teeth and blood-tipped claws grip me by my joints, tugging, pulling, tearing, wanting me. My family sleeps
In my dreams I lay my swollen head back and close my throbbing eyes and paralyzed, I scream. My family sleeps.
In my dreams A silent scream is heard by none and I awake. I imagine the dampness around me is blood instead of sweat, and, My family sleeps.
I my dreams the Gargoyles await me. In the night there is no escaping the pain. My eyes watch shadows on the ceiling, and My family sleeps.
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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