eri wrote:Thanks so much for replying pink! I guess my problem is that I'm tired all day anyway b/c of illness related fatigue. I have been trying to stay up later (until 10 or so; I can't seem to make it til 11), but it's hard b/c I'm not a night owl. Also, I find that I have a "window" of sleepiness & if I ignore it, then I can't get to sleep for a couple hours afterward. Do I exploit this & try to stay up late, or go to bed when sleepy but wake up very early? Neither option sounds appealing, but then neither is this incessant insomnia.
Go to bed when you're sleepy and wake up very early--with or before the sun. Definitely. There is nothing worse for your health than lack of restful sleep, not even eating lard.
I don't care what anyone says. I've lived it. I rode the insomnia train, and it almost killed me. For the most part, I don't think daytime naps are a very good habit to get into for people like us. Try to push past the fatigue in the daytime as much as possible. Don't nap unless you're so exhausted you can't keep your eyes open. (I've been there, too. Most recently a couple years back--I think it was because I was menopausal and low on iron.) The best painkiller for Fibro I've found is the low fat McDougall type diet. NSAIDS will rot your gut, leading to more problems. I found that the minimum dose amitriptyline (10mg) an hour or so before bedtime got my brain (and body) into a restful sleep state. I think this is fairly common drug therapy prescribed for fibro/insomnia. It's not something I'd want to do forever, and I'm not doing it now, but if I ever find myself stuck on that insomnia train again for days and weeks at a time, and if I think it's the only way to get back on the sleepy bedtime track that will prevent a fibro flare, that's what I'll do. And I won't apologize for it. Your mileage may vary.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Who said that, Ben Franklin?
Try to get some aerobic exercise. An after dinner walk is good. It will help you sleep at night. Reduce stress. Take up yoga.
Mind the caffeine, especially later in the day. (I found as I got older it bothers me more.) http://fibromyalgia.ncf.ca/faqmd.htmhttp://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/fac ... yalgia.htm