Hi all, these past few weeks, I’ve been having more issues than usual with sleep. Like getting enough of it. Lyme affects the brain, Lyme encephalopathy, we call it Lyme brain for giggles, and it messes with the brain and the central nervous system. In my case, memory, especially short-term memory, and sleep cycles are giving me hell right now. Since the time went forward at the beginning of march, and we do this again, why? sleeping has been choppy. Also, a few weeks ago, I had to go without one of my sleep aids for about 10 days because the insurance company had to reauthorize it or such. Don’t even get me started on that little fiasco.
So, I can go for days where I sleep well, you know, getting in those 8-10 hours of pure bliss. But then things can go array very quickly. Example. Last week due to disasterous flooding in our city, schools were closed all week. Free for all sleeping. No alarms. I tried my best to stay on schedule. Sunday, I forced myself to rise at 5 a.m. the usual work time. Then, I went to bed about 7:30 p.m.! Anyhoo, this is getting boring; moving on. Tuesday night I woke up at 2 a.m. nauseated. Headache. I got up to take something for my tummy and it was all downhill from there. I tossed and turned until my sickly sweet toned alarm sounded. I felt sick all day. It was terrible. Home, chores, rest. Then, I couldn’t sleep. Ugh! Double Ugh! I guess I finally drifted off about 8:45 p.m. Let’s just say I didn’t want to wake up at 3:45 this morning, yet, hello!
I do take some sleeping medications. Believe me, it doesn’t make me happy to take them but it is a necessity. I have to. Before I was diagnosed, sleeping was at best a few hours at a time. Without meds, I wake up every few hours, usually due to joint pain. Without meds, I wasn’t able to get any real deep sleep, and it was a killer. Not sleeping well exacerbates all other symptoms. Anyway, I am hoping that I can get a solid night’s sleep here as soon as possible. Yesterday and today I’m running on fumes. I can’t concentrate; I can’t think. It ain’t good.
If you want to know more about Lyme and how it affects central nervous system (CNS), causing neurologic and psychiatric symptoms, check out a fantastic resource at Neuro-Lyme. It is a great website with tons of information that is also backed by research.
I hope today is a good one in your world. Until next time – B