Having Fibromyalgia, I find I quite often don’t sleep well. I can’t fall asleep. Or I can’t stay asleep. Or when I do sleep a few hours, it’s not restful. And I certainly don’t remember my dreams very well. All common issues for those who suffer this condition.
Some nights, despite how tired I may be and how many good habits I use to prepare for bed (hot tea, warm bath, lavender spray…), it seems like I am wide awake once my head hits the pillow and I turn out the lights. My mind will be racing and I just can’t seem to be able to turn it off.
Those are the nights I pull out a little journal from my night stand, and I write down the random thoughts that pop into my head. I just write for as long I can, whatever gibberish I want. And somehow, the process of getting those thoughts out of my head and onto paper helps. I am able to quiet my mind, lie back down, and somehow sleep…per chance to dream.
P. S. Fibromyalgia and sleep troubles are, to me, very much like the chicken and the egg. Which came first? Does lack of sleep and increased fatigue lead to FMS? Or does FMS create the sleep disturbances which then leads to the increased fatigue? Some studies indicate FMS is a by-product of sleep disorders. Seeking out the help of a sleep specialist might then be the cure for a good night’s sleep.
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This is such a great idea Cynthia! Sometimes if we can just get those thoughts that are running around in our heads out of there, we can finally get to sleep. Like you, I wonder about the sleep/fibro timeline. I haven’t been sleeping as well as usual for the last week or so, and I’m having the worst fibro flare I’ve had in a while. I’m not sure which is causing which…. Hope your week is off to a great start. Blessings to you!
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I’m sorry to hear you’re having a flare. Wishing you some relief soon!
Yes journaling or brain-dumping really can free the mind from some of those things.
Gentle hugs! 💜