Sunday, 13 November 2011

Health Blogging Month Day 13: Random Book

Open a book. Point to a page. Free write for 10-15 minutes on that word or passage. Post without editing if you can!

When I signed up for this blogging month challenge, I thought it would be fun. I certainly didn't realise it would be so, well, challenging.

So, the book I have to hand is The Lupus Handbook for Women by Robin Dibner MD, and Carol Colman.
And the chapter it opened to was "Getting Enough Sleep".

Dibner and Colman tell us that getting enough sleep is not a luxury, it is, a necessity.

Absolutely right it is a necessity.

For me, lupus is a constant cycle: Pain makes me tired. Being tired makes my pain worse. Worse pain makes me more tired. Being tired makes my pain even worse. Even worse pain......  well, you get the idea.

At times, I have gone to the extreme of taking sleeping pills. I also use an air conditioner on warm nights, or basically any not incredibly cold night. I don't have coffee after about mid-morning. (I love my coffee, but that's just how it is.) About mid-afternoon I switch to herbal teas with names like "sleepy time" and "night cup".  I also have an afternoon nap every day. I take my NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines) of a night time to that the pain is under control for my night-time sleep.

Does it all "work"? To some extent.

Sometimes, no matter what I do, I'm in too much pain to sleep - an that's where the trouble begins.....

Whatever you do today, make sure you get plenty of rest as well, and I hope you sleep well tonight!

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:

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