To myself I say, “Good luck with this post”. To you dear reader, I say, “I apologize in advance”. You see, I have had a total of 5 hours (non-consecutive) sleep in the last 52. I’m starting to feel half dead, yet I can’t sleep. I’m tired, but there is no natural state of ‘shutting down’. So, guess when a good time to write about irregular sleep patterns and fibromyalgia is? YUUUP! You guessed it, right now!
It’s kind of a ‘chicken & egg’ thing. Some researchers believe that poor sleep is one of the conditions to bring on FMS, while others argue it is the FMS that causes sleep disturbance. Two contributing factors to FMS patients experiencing broken sleep are; pain (which wakes us up) and cognitive abnormalities which create an ongoing ‘jerk/wake’ response. You know that feeling you get when you fall in your sleep and jerk awake? Yeah, we get that…all night long. To be honest, I haven’t slept a straight 6-8 hour stretch in years. I can feel it when it gets bad. If I wake after 2 or 3 hours, I feel a weird all over pain/ache like having the flu really bad. This waking response also prevents us from ‘deep/slow’ sleep essential for REM and the restorative activities the body performs while your system rests. Kind of a ‘catch-22’ thing, wake because you hurt and hurt because you wake, feel tired as hell but can’t fall asleep.
How do all you ‘Chronic Painers’ out there deal with this? Any sage techniques to employ? Drop a comment and let me know!
Recipe Of Week #2
~Barefoot Contessa’s Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas~
~1 can garbanzo (chickpeas) rinsed and drained
~1/8 cup chicken stock
~1 tbsp. olive oil
~1 diced tomato
~1 clove minced garlic
~1/8 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
~2 Tbsp fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
Coarsely process chickpeas and chicken stock in food processor. Heat oil in pan and sauté tomato for approx. 4 min till tender. Add garlic sauté for 2 min. Add chickpea mixture and heat through for 6 min. Remove from heat, add cheese and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with olive oil brushed toasts, gluten free crackers, vegetables, or use as a sandwich spread.