That is the problem. For those of us who suffer with CFIDS, we know that unrefreshing sleep is a MAJOR symptom of this disease (70 – 95% of CFIDS patients report this symptom).
For me personally, this is the main symptom that the doctors have not been able to help me to get under control and it has been very, very frustrating. Not only do I have unrefreshing sleep, but I also have disrupted sleep, so I NEVER, and I mean NEVER, get a full night’s sleep. If I am able to fall asleep as soon as I go to bed, then I am awake several times throughout the night. Other times, I will go to bed and lay there, waiting to fall asleep, watching the clock pass hour after hour.
I normally just get up because it becomes too frustrating. People with CFIDS have this sort of “tired but wired” feeling a lot too. I can be totally exhausted, but my mind does not stop, so my body does not rest or sleep. All of these sleep disruptions causes hypersomnia, where I want to sleep a lot during the day. Of course, with a 4-year-old son, I am unable to do that.
Because my sleep is so disrupted, even if I sleep a total of 10 hours, I still feel when I wake up as though I never slept at all. What makes my sleep problems so difficult for the doctors to treat is the fact that I also have Interstitial Cystitis, a bladder disease. So I am up making frequent trips to the bathroom many times at night.
When we don’t sleep properly, our bodies cannot repair, our immune systems weaken, we can even gain weight. Lack of sleep and unrefreshing sleep can cause many health problems. For me, I feel that if my sleep problems could be resolved, I would see my health take a huge turn for the better.
I will be writing more tomorrow on the different stages of sleep to explain why our bodies need to go through each stage to feel refreshed, rested, and allowing our bodies to heal itself.