Body Clock is Whack?!?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PhoenixRising, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. PhoenixRising

    PhoenixRising New Member

    Ok, here is my crazylady question for the day...

    Whether I am indoors or outdoors, during the day I am wiped out. But in the evening, its like I get a second wind. Unfortunately that means I am functioning on a different clock than the rest of the world.

    I cant fall asleep until about 3AM even if I dont nap during the day. I feel like I am swimming upstream in trying to have a normal schedule. Its like my body clock is turned around.

    Anyone else?

    Phoenix
  2. Savannah_Rose

    Savannah_Rose New Member

    You are not alone. I don't fall asleep either until 2 or 3 in the morning. It doesn't matter what I do during the day.....lots of physical activity or just laying around watching a movie. It is maddening!! Don't have a clue why. Don't know how to get on a normal sleep pattern. Found some interesting late night/early morning radio talk shows! Savannah_Rose
  3. jadibeler

    jadibeler New Member

    Even as a child I was awake at night and a zombie during the day. It has made life miserable for 58 years, trying to live on everyone else's schedule.

    Fortunately, I no longer have to and I have reverted to the schedule my body and mind have wanted all along. I stay up all night, reading or doing housework, go to bed around 5:00 or 6:00 AM and sleep until anywhere from 1:30 to 4:30. It's wonderful to finally be able to live as I want to but I sure understand what a struggle it is for those who can't.

    We all seem to have insomnia problems, that's a recognized part of FM (which I've also had all my life). But it would be interesting to see if this "body clock" aspect might be behind the problem. I can sleep during the day at the drop of a hat!

    JoAnn
  4. PhoenixRising

    PhoenixRising New Member

    Well this is interesting...I cannot remember a time in my life that my body clock was straight. I found the late show classic movies like 42nd Street when I was about 10 yrs old. I was so desperate and bored that I would watch them and eventually I accepted that I was a freak and secretly scanned the TV Guide for old musicals so I can plan what I would watch when I wasnt sleeping. I think I was the only kid my age who knew the words to those old tunes by heart (and that was my best kept secret!)

    I learned to cope by the time I was a teen. But my method was not the best. Since I couldnt sleep at night and had to go to school and my part time job, I would take diet pills to keep me up during the day and the crash, assisted by sleeping pills, would get me unconscious at night. As far back as I can remember, I have been "coping" as best I can to life in a world that marched to the beat of a different drummer than I did. Now, I cant do it anymore. Soon as I get my RN I will only be looking at jobs where I can work nights.

    Phoenix
  5. mitch123

    mitch123 New Member

    My body clock is nutto also. I can't get to sleep unless I take medication, my CFS has improved and my sleep problems haven't. I didn't have any sleep probs until I got CFS, so I know it is one of the many problems of this illness.
    Good luck with the future job, maybe the hours will suit you!
    mitch
  6. mitch123

    mitch123 New Member

    My body clock is nutto also. I can't get to sleep unless I take medication, my CFS has improved and my sleep problems haven't. I didn't have any sleep probs until I got CFS, so I know it is one of the many problems of this illness.
    Good luck with the future job, maybe the hours will suit you!
    mitch
  7. mitch123

    mitch123 New Member

    My body clock is nutto also. I can't get to sleep unless I take medication, my CFS has improved and my sleep problems haven't. I didn't have any sleep probs until I got CFS, so I know it is one of the many problems of this illness.
    Good luck with the future job, maybe the hours will suit you!
    mitch
  8. Dara

    Dara New Member

    dark. That is when I feel the best and when I function the best. I prefer to do grocery shopping, cleaning, etc., at night. I am a zombie during the day. Problem is lastely I've been waking up early and don't go back to sleep in hopes that I'll get on a normal schedule. But, it takes me the entire day just to shower & get dressed, and by the time evening is here I've got my second wind. This has been going on since I was a child. Several years ago I had a sleep study done and in the doctors report he said, among other things, that he thought I was a night owl. So true. I agree with getting a night job. When I worked I always had day jobs because of my family, but I alway felt I was working against myself, if that makes sense to you.

    My doctor has prescribed Ambien for me, but even taking a sleeping pill doesn't work most times. Sometimes, I swear it even wakes me up more. Now that I'm no longer working I just let my natural body clock tick to the schedule it works best at...

    Dara
  9. FranWi

    FranWi New Member

    I usually get sleepy in the late afternoon, but if I don't or can't take a nap, I get that second wind and I'm up until 3 in the morning - which is a pain when you have to wake up at 7 to get to work!

    I went to a sleep specialist and did a lab study where they hooked me up with wires and I go in next week to talk to the doctor about it.

    Although the problem with sleep pattern is too much cortisol release late in the evening, for some, cortisol replacement actually turns down the cortisol response. Add 5-10 mg of Cortisol in the morning and then 5-10 mg at 1 PM. Some need 5 mg at 4-5 PM. Thereafter, the cortisol levels drop before bedtime, improving sleep.

    I'll have to see what plan of action my doctor decides to take.

    :)

    Fran