Hello all - since all of us can probably relate to losing a nights sleep due to not having enough pain control, [ not ness meds, but a blend of meds and mind technics to reduce pain] -- Do you find that losing multiple nights sleep, contributes to having a bad start to the next day and then we continue to form a pattern of pain and sleepless nights that keeps going. If this becomes a serious pattern and then becomes a RUT, how do we realize that we need help and what do we do to get out of the RUT and find another path. One that includes healthy patterns like getting 8 or so hours of sleep or a little more if we have been lacking for a long time.
Personal experience - I got into a pattern of dealing with the pain in my back, by not stopping for more than 4 hours at any time. This for me meant that I had multiple jobs, because in my twisted little mind, "if I was going to be up already, Why not get paid for it too!" I settled into a pattern of working over 100 hours per week. Yes - that means a lot less hours of sleep, but at the time I could not sleep. More than 5 hours sleep and I had to be at ER to get a shot to move, my back would flat lock up completely. I continued that pattern for 10 years.
After some serious changes in the personal side, I stopped that and began to try to look after myself. It was however 3 years before I began to sleep a complete nights sleep.
So now that I am thinking about this a little more and being a lot more in-tune with my body, I have noticed over the course of 4 to 5 years that I MUST get my sleep and if there are times that I miss getting my 8 to 10 hours, I really feel it on the chronic pain side. That said, I find it takes multiple days to a week, to catch up on my sleep after a event. I can miss a nights sleep and be fine, but multiple nights and I find it hard to keep going. I may need to crash in the afternoon, not ness to sleep but I must take an hour and meditate, after which i am back to being myself.
So - When I noticed that I have fallen into a pattern - I use meds, exercise, MBM and the best practices to get some sleep.
Hope your all enjoying a sunny day! David