So now, the dilemma. Do I give in to the extreme exhaustion and sleep or force myself to stay awake and then try not to get so tired that I can't sleep? Every article I read about sleep tells me not to sleep during the day so that I can sleep at night. That would be a great tip except it doesn't work that way for me.
I still don't sleep well no matter what.
Behavioral modification doesn't do much for my sleep. Believe me, I've tried it for more than one day. I wanted to give it a real shot at working.
First of all, I shouldn't be in bed with my laptop or have the TV on. I tried this. I really did but when the pain is spiking laying in bed in the dark with nothing to distract me is a real recipe for disaster. Distraction by any means possible is a way to get through the pain. It really does help to have something else on which to focus.
Even if I do wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day it seems to have nothing to do with the amount of sleep I get through the night. Even if I somehow manage to sleep through the night, I still don't have restful, recuperative sleep. Most of the time, no matter what kind of schedule I keep, I am awake most of the night.
So what do I do?
I do the bath thing.
I do the aromatherapy thing.
I do the sleep mask thing.
I do the melatonin thing.
I just don't do the sleep thing.