Heat and Sleep Discussion
With summer heat, comes heat-related flares!
Am I right?!
According to the members of Making Chronic Pain My Bitch and my body, I am!
Last week in my Facebook group, Making Chronic Pain My Bitch with The Disabled Diva, we discussed how our bodies react to heatwaves and extreme summer temperatures.
One thing that stood out and was the most common complaint was fatigue.
While we may not be able to turn down the outdoor temperatures, there are things we could do to improve how well we are sleeping at night. And that is what we are discussing this week!
From 1999-2003, I rarely slept. I take that back. I did sleep, but when I did it was for days at a time and only because I was so exhausted from going long stretches of not reaching the restorative level of sleep that my body desperately needed.
Instead of sleeping for 8-10 hours a night, heck I would have given anything to even get 6 hours of sleep, I was lucky to sleep 2-4 hours at a time. There were many periods when I would only sleep in 20-30 minute intervals. It was awful.
I didn’t begin sleeping like I was supposed to until I began making some radical changes to how I lived my life and treated chronic pain. Getting the sleep my body needed every night didn’t cure me, but it has reduced how often I experience extreme fatigue and increased my overall energy level.
I will be sharing these changes and other tips to help you reach a restorative level of sleep in my Facebook group later this week.