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serand4
06-26-2011, 01:05 PM
I'll keep it brief because I know we all suffer from it but I want to take a quick survey. How much do you guys sleep each day? I feel like all I do is sleep!! I've started using the little energy drink bottles just to stay away for a few hours at a time. I'm not recommendint them, it's just what I do. I used to be so careful about my appearance. Now I know that taking a shower and putting on makeup will end up causing me to require a two hour nap.

Any input will be appreciated. Thanks!

Nonna
06-26-2011, 01:41 PM
I usually. Sleep from 10 Pm to 2AM then again from 3 or 4 to 6:30. I then have to get up for work; about 3 or 4 in the afternoon I'm exhausted, I start to put my head between my hand and close my eyes. 5 second power naps is all I can take. By the weekend all I want to do is sleep.

If anyone can figure out how to get more energy to stay awake I'd be grateful

Nonna
06-26-2011, 01:42 PM
I usually. Sleep from 10 Pm to 2AM then again from 3 or 4 to 6:30. I then have to get up for work; about 3 or 4 in the afternoon I'm exhausted, I start to put my head between my hand and close my eyes. 5 second power naps is all I can take. By the weekend all I want to do is sleep.

If anyone can figure out how to get more energy to stay awake I'd be grateful

steve.b
06-26-2011, 05:48 PM
i have intermittant sleep for about 10 or more hours a night.
if i try to do any physical activities during the day, i need to rest as well.

magistramarla
06-26-2011, 09:47 PM
I tend to wake up every two to three hours all night. It's either my legs spasming, running to the restroom, waking up in a sweat or all three at once.
I go to bed between 10 and 11pm, and don't manage to drag out of bed before 8 am. This is a real change for me - when I was teaching, I would grade papers and lesson plan 'til midnight and get up at 6 am to be at the school by 7 am. Those days are long gone.
I have found that a melatonin and a magnesium before bedtime helps some.
Hugs,
Marla

Gizmo
06-26-2011, 09:54 PM
I used to conk out by 8 or 9 PM and sleep until 2, read for an hour or two and then sleep until my back woke me up. Recently I have been able to stay awake much later - I think the drug I am getting from the lupus study is helping! I still wake up in the middle of the night and read until I can't keep my eyes open anymore. I also have restless legs and have worn out two sheets this year. Also, this site is not helping my sleep because you all are so entertaining that I am staying up too late!

lovedbyHim
06-26-2011, 10:55 PM
Well there is the flair sleep and the new norm sleep. When in a flair I will sleep about 14 hours off and on day and night. I have interrupted sleep as well at night. That is rough as I drive in sun all day.

When I am not in a flair I sleep about 9 hrs a night .By about 2:30 I am groping my way through the day feeling as if I could cry I am so tired. Daily I wonder how long I can keep my job.

sharpiessave
06-27-2011, 04:28 AM
I was on Ambien for two years before being diagnosed. Two years! I had no clue what a no-no that was. The GP I was seeing at the time just kept giving it to me, and I kept taking it. I worked the night shift in an ER, 7pm to 7am, and I would take my ambien every morning at 7:15. The longer I took the drug, the less sleep I got. I am a cautionary tale for Ambien. If I took it and didn't go to sleep immediately, I did ALL the insane things you hear about in the news. I will share this though, but remember. . .*cautionary tale*! When I took the drug I was completely pain free. That hasn't happened to me with any pain med. It ended up being terrible for me because since my brain wasn't receiving pain signals, I would way over-do it, and suffer hardcore the next few days.

Coming off the Ambien was one of the hardest things I've ever done. It's also been one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I get real, quality sleep now. I still wake up tired, but at least I'm not in an ambien fog for two hours. And I haven't given my dog a haircut in my sleep for months!

I've gotten out of healthcare, and off of the night shift. So now I sleep every chance I get. I find my days are shorter. Since it's summer I inevitably end up going to bed when it's still light outside. I feel the best when I get 13 hours of sleep. If I nap during the day it's harder for me to sleep at night, so I avoid naps. But I totally rest my body, keeping my head active. Thank you Netflix.

Bonita
06-27-2011, 05:43 AM
i usually get anywhere between 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night and it is not always a restfull sleep and napping during the day is out because i have my two youngest grandchildren a few days a week. Bonita

Elo
07-03-2011, 10:11 PM
On a good day, I go to sleep around midnight or 1, and wake up somewhere around 11. On a bad day, I'll go to bed at the same time, and sleep until 1 or 2pm. I also take a nap every day, averaging around about 2.5 to 3 hours long.

So I suppose, normal days I get 10 hours, plus a 3 hour nap,
and a bad day, I get about 13, plus a three hour nap (sometimes i'll even take one or two more shorter naps on top of the long one, lasting about an hour)

Sometimes its like I'm awake for three hours, asleep for three, awake for a few, asleep for a few, until bedtime.

debbie-b
07-04-2011, 05:17 AM
I was on Ambien for two years before being diagnosed. Two years! I had no clue what a no-no that was. The GP I was seeing at the time just kept giving it to me, and I kept taking it. I worked the night shift in an ER, 7pm to 7am, and I would take my ambien every morning at 7:15. The longer I took the drug, the less sleep I got. I am a cautionary tale for Ambien. If I took it and didn't go to sleep immediately, I did ALL the insane things you hear about in the news. I will share this though, but remember. . .*cautionary tale*! When I took the drug I was completely pain free. That hasn't happened to me with any pain med. It ended up being terrible for me because since my brain wasn't receiving pain signals, I would way over-do it, and suffer hardcore the next few days.

Coming off the Ambien was one of the hardest things I've ever done. It's also been one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I get real, quality sleep now. I still wake up tired, but at least I'm not in an ambien fog for two hours. And I haven't given my dog a haircut in my sleep for months!

I've gotten out of healthcare, and off of the night shift. So now I sleep every chance I get. I find my days are shorter. Since it's summer I inevitably end up going to bed when it's still light outside. I feel the best when I get 13 hours of sleep. If I nap during the day it's harder for me to sleep at night, so I avoid naps. But I totally rest my body, keeping my head active. Thank you Netflix.

I am on Ambien and have been for 10 years.
I take it at bedtime about 10pm go to bed and wake up refreshed at 5am, have no drowsyness, not any ill effects.
Never have there been any weird side effects, like eating in my sleep or any insane things you were talking about.
This might be because people react differently to meds.
To me, Ambien is a life saver, before I took it, I didn't sleep for over six moths. I would go to sleep, but after about ten minutes I would wake up, with severe heart palpatations, my pulsrate was between 120-180, of course when your heart beats this fast, there is no way you can go to sleep. I was hospitalized for two weeks, so the doctor could see for himself, what is happening to me. If you don't sleep for over six months, you go slowly insane. That is when the doctor decided to try Ambien and for me it works. I do have mitral valve prolapse, that is the reason for my fast heartbeat. But because of Ambien, I can live a sane life.
Sorry, I didn't mean to highjack this thread.
Now to the question about how much sleep we get.
I am very fatigued most of the time, but not tired, so all I do is rest, not sleep during the day.

Debbie

Peridot20_Gem
07-04-2011, 11:51 AM
Hello Susan,

By 12 at night i hit the bed and wake at 9am every morning but some nights i do go till 2am in the morning but once out for the count i'm gone with my meds and after 6pm at night if i do some reading you can guarentee i drop off again for a couple of hours.

Finding energy is so hard for we all. xxx