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to nap or not not to nap
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dkarssen79 - December 21

I am currently on short term disability because my fibro symptoms have become so bad and I am experiencing severe depression. My doctor and I are working to get my meds to a dosage that will hopefully give me some relief. Between the meds and the fibro I get really drowsy midday. Some days I nap but not always. Sometimes a nap helps and sometimes it just leaves me feeling groggy. I have a lot of problems sleeping at night but haven't noticed a difference if I take a nap or not. I've had people tell me to quit taking a nap but I just get so exhausted. So I guess my question is do any of you nap and if so is there a certain time of day and certain amount of time you sleep?


Fantod - December 21

Fibromyalgia (FMS) interrupts the deep sleep cycle with short bursts of high intensity brain activity. Your muscles need deep sleep in order to repair temselves from the days activities. No deep sleep means higher levels of pain which rapidly becomes a vicious circle. I assume you are taking Amitriptyline or some other sleep aid to address this problem. If you are not, find another doctor.

I nap every day but I set a timer to limit the time. I find that 45 minutes usually gives me a little more energy but there are days when I actually feel worse than when I went to bed. I usually get off of my feet around 3 PM and get back up no later than 4. I try not to go over my time limit so there is some chance that I will sleep at night. Rest is especially important when dealing with a chronic illness like FMS. Ignore what other people that don't have FMS are telling you and do what feels right for you.

I hope that my response is useful to you in some way. Take care.


solanadelfina - December 21

Hi, there, and I wish you and your doctor the best of luck in getting your meds to where they need to be. On certain days, I will crawl in bed and take a nap, usually in the afternoon. Depending on what's going on, sometimes a half hour will do it, or sometimes an hour and a half. At work on lunch break, I'll usually eat and then lie down and doze the rest of break.

But it's important to use what works for you. If they do help you, then by all means don't let others talk you out of it. Our bodies are often wiser than we are.


Noca - December 21

Trazodone also makes a good sleep aid and it can help with your depression as well.


axxie - December 21

At the begining of my treatment of fibro and fatigue, I definately took naps, in the morning and afternoon and I would go to bed early and sleep some more. I just felt I wasn't getting any rest. But with time, I found I needed less naps and started to stay awake longer. Now that it's been a while I don't usually nap, I can pretty well stay awake during the work day, but when evening comes, sometimes I'll doze off for a few minutes to an 1 hour, then that will disturbe my sleep routine.

Give it time, you will see with time you will still awake longer, it could be you have to get used to your drugs and also it makes a difference if you take food with your drugs.... I find on an empty stomach you tend to feel the affects more....

Good luck to you, hope your doctor has given you some sleep aid for the night. I'm on Trazadone and when I take it, it helps me sleep a full night, if I don't then I will start falling asleep and something will wake me, it can be a very faint noise and it will disrup my sleep cycle. So I remember if I want to rest and sleep I take my Trazadone.



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