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Sleep, an ally for your health?
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Hello members, this is a great discussion for all to participate in and share experiences and advice.
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Sleep is definitely important and in my situation, most people with lupus have difficulty with sleeping well. For me I have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, but since I have implemented a few things, they have improved a bit, which have been getting on a sleeping schedule, taking melatonin and magnesium about 45 minutes before I decide to rest my head, remove the TV from my room, put electronics away.
Does anyone else with lupus have any tips?
My difficulty is staying asleep. I tend to be able to fall asleep somewhat easy, but I am not sure if it is the medications or what, by I always suffer from very crazy and deep nightmares, where I wake up and then for a moment or two feel like I am still in the nightmare and am somewhat unsure where I am. But it always disrupts my sleep.
What has helped me though fall asleep is melatonin. I always stop drinking fluids about 2 hours before I sleep.
@Lee__R I concur sleep is healthy, relaxing and beneficial mentally. I am easily distracted when I lack consistent proper sleep. Emotional stability improves with when well rested. Physical balance and the ability to function effectively is greatly improved with proper sleep hygiene. I will take the risk and include Spiritual wellness. My history displays long periods of stable health can be directly related to how I prioritize Spiritual awareness. This being a supportive community that I am motivated to be a part of I will be honest and self disclose how I suck at maintaining a well balanced sleep schedule. The good news here is I had the opportunity to learn the importance of sleep and how everyday exterior stimulation can make proper sleep difficult and if not being responsible can sabotage stable wellbeing. Today I am walking a trail headed towards a healthier me and this requires I develop the willingness to change my thinking, feelings and behaviors by accepting help from others because relying on myself proves poor decision making. God Speed.
How are you today?
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you think you have quality sleep? Or on the contrary, do you wake up several times each night? Do you think that illness plays a role in the quality of your sleep?
What do you do to fall asleep faster? Do you take any medications or natural supplements?
We've also talking about our sleep during the COVID-19 lockdown over here: COVID-19 Lockdown and Sleep: How are you sleeping lately?
Feel free to join us there!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
@Courtney_J I have lupus too, and when that's not messing with my sleep it's my depression and anxiety keeping me up. I try to cut off my phone a few hours before bed and lately I've been off social media because it was affecting me. Sometimes I'll take a Z-quil to fall asleep, and the difference between a day after a good night's sleep and a bad night's sleep is incredible. We really need sleep to repair our bodies.
If I get 3-4 hours a night that’s a win!!! Spasms and all the wonderful MS stuff stay w/me 24/7. However I’m lucky as it doesn’t as yet affect my mood!! Even though my mobility is failing fast I’m still on the positive side.
Sleep, its not just a life saver....I so enjoy my dreams, and especially the dreams that I get to start myself with some thoughts I have as I lay down, if for some reason I am not able to quickly fall asleep, I will think of some things that I want to dream about, or some things that I want to happen in my life. These mostly positive thoughts will lots of times lead to some vivid and lucid dreams, which I am able to somewhat control the outcome while having them, It has taken some practice and a little time to think and remember them in the morning when I wake, but well worth the effort. This last Monday I awoke to myself litterly laughing out loud, I was so happy that I woke on time, (5mins before the alarm was to go off,) and in a such good mood, that I jumped up and started my day on a good note, but forgot to remember what I was so happy about in my dream. With a little pratice you can help your dream times to be more of what your last thoughts are, so make them happy ones. I have a few really precognitive dreams that will also repeat for months before big events. If you want to hear some wild stories contact me I like to share these with other folks who know of this ability that we all have.
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What affects sleep at least for me is not clearing my mind. As we go through each day doing our daily routine, thoughts, and worries are what keep me up at night.
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Charles D. Aissen
My problem is not falling asleep because of my meds although my doc say my meds shouldn’t make me tired they do. I take Seroquel and BuSpar before I go to bed. I also take Tylenol with diphenhydramine to help me sleep. My problem is I wake up every single nightAround three to 3:15 AM. Then I can’t get back to sleep. I also have started a routine where I don’t use my electronics or the TV two hours before bed. Are usually read a book and that helps me fall asleep.
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Many studies suggest that good and proper sleep plays a key role in our health. Unfortunately, some chronic illnesses can make it difficult to get proper sleep.
Does your illness affect your sleep?
Do you have any tips for better sleep?
Do you use sleeping pills or any natural methods?
Do you have a pattern you follow to fall asleep and stay asleep?
Share here your advice and questions about sleep, a precious asset!
Have a great day.