Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What Do You Do When 12 Hours of Sleep Is Not Enough??

Yesterday I got home from class and externship meetings at about 3:30pm and announced that I wanted to go straight to bed. Immediately

But APL made the very logical argument that I ought to attempt to stay up a bit longer, closer to my normal bedtime, in the hopes of establishing a more normal sleep schedule and making it easier for me to get up in the morning. This made sense, so I managed to stay awake a few more hours, though needless to say I did so by watching old episodes of Little House on the Prairie rather than attacking the mountain of work I have to do at this point in the semester. And I'm pretty sure I was still in bed by about 8:30pm.

But, despite sleeping literally twelve hours (i.e. half an entire day), I still had an impossible time getting up this morning. I just couldn't get out of bed, like someone had turned the gravity up and it was next to impossible to fight against it. But seeing as my Professor was handing out the take-home midterm in class today, I had no choice but to get up. I did it somehow, though I can't explain how.

When I got home from school and getting a blood test (as usual), even earlier today at 12:30pm, I was ready to go back to bed. Maybe even more so than yesterday. But I've got a take-home midterm to complete. And reading. And research. And emails to respond to for work. Just so many things to do.

I know RA has taken away a lot of my energy, but I feel even more exhausted than usual, if that's even possible. But what on earth do you even do when twelve hours of sleep is not enough???


Sarah Z said...

maybe you could talk to your nutritionist about some vitamins to increase energy?

Rebecca said...

...and until Sarah's very smart suggestion (and results) kick in, may I suggest caffeine?

Lots and lots and lots of caffeine.

KCFitch said...

Hey there -- My rheumatologist checked my vitamin D last time I was and and it turned out that it was low. She prescribed a 4-week replacement therapy and after only 2 1/2 weeks I feel less achy and have more energy. You might want to ask about it next time you get bloodwork.

Skye said...

This happens to me off and on =/ always so tired and despite getting 12 hours of sleep sometimes i'm still tired! ugh