CHRONIC FATIGUE and PAIN, and FIBROMYALGIA...
'Feeling shattered, exhausted, tired to the point of dropping asleep', is very common with constant pain, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. People suffering from any of these still sleep but not properly, its what they call 'non-restorative' sleep. This means it doesn't do what it is supposed to do which is to restore your body after your day's work and to re-energise you for another day. This then means that your bad sleep doesn't lessen any of your muscle pain nor does it do anything for your constant feeling of fatigue.
It's frustrating, debilitating, constant and totally exhausting, and I don't think anyone can understand exactly how you feel unless they have suffered from it in this way. It's not like the feeling after a late night out which can be rectified with an early night, its there, day in, day out.
It's common to wake up feeling as if you've had no sleep at all, but once your up and dressed your day may start out fine, but you have only a limited amount of energy for the rest of the day. In order to cope with constant pain, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue you have to devise a sleep pattern to help support you with these conditions.
It is very important that you rest, at least once during the day or more if you need it. So in order for you to be able to fit in sleep time as well as your other daily chores and work you need to start to delegate.
Make a list of your top ten most important jobs that you have to do in one week, or more if you need it. Now study the ones that you know will tyre you out the most and try to delegate that particular job to someone else to do it for you.
I know this is easier said than done, especially if you are on your own, but you would be surprised what a difference it makes to your chronic fatigue.
My husband is retired now and he does a number of household jobs for me which I struggled to do myself before he retired and which completely shattered me. If you can plan your rest every day at a similar time then that is a bonus but otherwise just try and find sometime to completely rest your body.
I go to bed every afternoon between 3 – 4pm and sleep for at least an hour. Without this sleep I am not the same person, my pain feels worse, I don't want to go out to socialise at night and all I think about is going to bed.
They say sleep is the greatest fatigue fighter you can possibly have. Take your rest in your bedroom not just forty winks on the settee or in a chair. I made my bedroom into my sanctuary with lovely restful colours and lots of cushions. I close the curtains and lie on top of my bed with a warm throw on me and in the winter months I lie on a small heat pad to make it even more cosy.
It's part of my life now, something I 'need' to do to cope with my pain and tiredness, all my family and friends know so they never phone me while I'm resting.