I Went Out Late; Be Good MS!

So I am a morning person. I wake up around 5:00am well before my alarm goes off. I have always been a morning person and I like it. There was a brief period of my life where I went and stayed out late into the morning but those days ended around the time I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. My dark passenger seems to punish me if I stay up too late so I am usually in bed around 9:00pm.

Last night I went out with a friend around 10:00pm, well after I am usually fast asleep. I knew because I was driving (and if I got pulled over while sober as can be I would not pass any sort of drunk driving test) that I should not drink. I don’t drink usually but after the last few months and all that has happened? I really did want one but like I said, I was driving and because I never know how alcohol will effect my MS (sometimes horribly but usually not at all in fact, I have never been drunk and not for lack of trying) I prefer to drink in the comfort of my own home just in case so no drinks for me! My friend did all the drinking and it seemed like she needed it more than me haha…
I stayed out till about 2:00am and felt fine! Well… I sort of cheated… otherwise I would be asleep at the wheel. I drank super strong coffee about and hour before I left the house so I was wide awake and sort of afraid I would not be able to sleep when I got back home! What would this do to my MS? Would my symptoms flare up in the morning? I popped a Temazepam (sleeping pill) and knocked out pretty quick. I actually slept pretty well. Now Usually I am in bed around 9 and up by (let’s say) 5:30am; 8 and a half hours. I went to bed around 2:00am and of coarse still woke up at 6:00am… I stayed in bed till 8:30 but even still that is only 6 and a half hours. I was so worried about my MS… I had a cup of coffee to start my day and now at 2:30 I still feel fine! Very surprised!

I don’t plan on making a habit of this with summer coming up (I like to wake up early in the summer so I can actually go outside for a bit before the sun rises and heats things up) but now at least I know I seem to do fine with the late night thing because I don’t even feel like I missed any sleep; I was just surprised when my alarm for my medication went off at 1:00pm because I was not hungry for lunch like I usually am by 11:30! I have still been taking it somewhat easy today just in case but I am sure I will be back on my normal schedule by tonight no problem! 

4 thoughts on “I Went Out Late; Be Good MS!

  • April 25, 2014 at 4:42 am
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    Hello again Matt!

    This is Amy Liu from the MOT class at Loma Linda University. I've been reading your blog posts, and I find them to be very insightful. Thank you again for sharing your experiences. I'm a huge coffee drinker, and my roommates, who see me grab a cup of coffee nearly every day, can testify to that! Thus, reading this blog post gave me great intrigue. I'm quite curious and was wondering if drinking coffee leads to any flare ups of your MS? Or does it not affect it very much at all?

    Thanks!

    Sincerely,
    Amy Liu

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  • April 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    Haha, well, some people can not handle cafeine. It USED to make my restless leg syndrome horrible but now it doesn't effect me negatively (unless I skip a cup in the morning; addiction haha). For the moment, it helps a bit…

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  • April 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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    Hi Matt! I am also a student from LLU and had a similar question as Amy's. But do you ever notice any other drinks or food that affect your MS in any specific way?

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  • April 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    Hi! Well, not anymore, just before I started Tysabri reed meat did it for me as it's an inflamatory substance. But not so much any more.

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