it's strange, the ways in which i do not sleep. i've been off ambien for close to a month, and my body can't seem to recall how to sleep.
here's what happens:
9pm- go to bed
10pm- fall asleep
1am- wake up
(here's where i try to follow the rules about not turning lights on, no tv, etc...)
1:30am- wide awake
(here's where the pain and itchy skin feelings start)
2:00am- tv on. hoarders, cnn, bra infomercials
3:00am- skin feels like bugs crawling underneath, zaps and tingles
3:30am- stomach ache and IBS kicks in
4:00am- try to lay down and sleep again
5:00am- start to fall back asleep
6:00am- alarm goes off
(sinking feeling kicks in)
i've tried to use CBT tools to help me get the insomnia under control. i practice relaxation techniques and all kinds of positive "self talk".
i follow all of the "sleep hygiene" rules as well. lights are off, no music, no iPad in bed, etc...
we finally took the plunge to go from a queen to a king sized bed, and i got the tempur-pedic "cloud" bed i've wanted. i'm hoping this helps. the bed is highly recommended for people with chronic pain disorders like fibromyalgia.
i guess i need to just give it time. not sleeping won't kill me. it sucks, but it could be worse.