My sleep patterns and my appetite have been way out of wack lately.
I seem to be able to stay awake for say four hours and then I can’t keep my eyes open. So, no matter what time of day it is, I end up going to bed and sleeping a couple of hours before I wake up starving.
A very small amount of food (today it was a taco for lunch) will fill me up. Then I do something like making and packing Hubby’s lunch, and I need to lay down again.
Then the other shoe drops – my chronic pain goes full throttle in my legs and sometimes my side, shoulders, and lower back. So, as tired as I am, I get up, use my vibracise machine in hopes to help the circulation and/or my exercise bike to stretch the muscles and tire me out.
The thing is, it is not that I am tired. It is the fatigue from all my conditions beating me up on the inside. No matter how much sleep I get, I never feel rested. Last night my “Gear” watch that my Hubby got me showed in 5 hours I got 4 hours very solid sleep. That is a record for the last few months!
I am going to try to take out the recycling (2 or three trips) in a bit to see if it energizes or tires me out.
Even though my bipolar has been in check for a long time, I worry about my insomnia elevating my moods. On one hand I want more energy but on the other, I could very easily go manic if I am up too long. On the flip side, too much giving into naps could lead to depression, especially when I get so frustrated about not being able to do things.
Caffeine is not an option for me as it will give me migraines. However, I do grab the occasional diet cola and play “Russian Roulette” on whether it will kill or cure me! 😉
I would love to hear from other chronic fatigue sufferers with your ways of dealing with this problem. I know I am not alone.