Bad Night: Insomnia and a Little Pain

I typically go to bed at around 9:00pm so I can wake up at around 5:30am and get my full “8” with about 30 minutes of cushion. I have learned that sleep is extremely important to properly managing my MS so I am very good about managing it now. The night before last night I had a little trouble sleeping so I took a Restoril (Temazepam) and I knocked out in like 10 minutes no problem. This was not the case last night at all, last night was horrible.

I am not sure what is going on but I could not shut off my brain! My thoughts were just racing about everything and nothing at all! Usually I have the TV on for noise and I have curtains on my TV stand to eliminate the light since light inhibits the production of Melatonin which tells your body “hey, it’s time to go to sleep”. The TV is on a timer so after the history channel puts me to sleep it shuts off as not to waste power and to let my brain have some silence as it reaches a deeper sleep. This seems to be perfect for me but last night my brain would take every word it heard and brake it down into a spider web of a million different thoughts.

On top of that there was some noise going on in the house, even late at night, someone was awake and moving stuff around. Thump, thump, thump, door slam, ice cubes falling into a cup, cupboards shutting, more doors… Now I lied down to sleep around 9:15pm, I immediately took a Restoril along with some Baclofen and my other night time medication but none of this did anything for me. Come 11:00pm I was shuffling through our medicine cabinet looking for anything that would help knock me out but go figure, everything we had was “non-drowsy”! I came across a bottle of Norco 5/325, thought about it for a while, and then tossed it back. I have been off it all year and I want to keep it that way. Sure my shoulder hurt (probably from laying on it weird, not MS) but I was fine with Ibuprofen. I kept looking and finally I found some Benadryl which usually does the trick for me.

So I took a few of those and soon enough I finally fell asleep. When I woke up my shoulder felt OK but my hip hurt, again, I must have slept on it weird since I was obviously pretty restless. I went for a walk to try to loosen up the joints which actually helped my hip a bit, but now once again my shoulder is killing me! All this pain, it’s not directly from my MS but if I didn’t have MS it probably would not be hurting you know? I just hope tonight is not a repeat of last night, nothing sucks like being physically exhausted but mentally alert!

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