Sleep is my secret weapon.
I have found a secret weapon for healing keep flares away. Sleep. This month marks exactly 2 years since my last flare. I truly believe I have sidestepped a flare once or twice this past two years by sleeping and most of all monitoring my sleep with an app I found a couple years ago.
This very simple app has shown me that I was not getting sufficient deep sleep, or high quality sleep or enough hours. Now I wonder how bad my sleep was all those years prior. This app is a really amazing. It’s called Sleep Cycle. It’s free. I have been able to see patterns in my sleep and if and how much I snore on different nights, when I reach deep sleep, when I’m only in light sleep and for how many hours. , I can see when I go to bed early due to extreme fatigue, the quality of sleep I need to get my body back to health. I used to wake up and not feel rested, but I knew I was asleep for at least 7 hours. Now I can see why those mornings feel that way. If my body is not in deep sufficient sleep level, the body can not heal itself. Now it is my mission each night to get the sleep my body desperately needs to keep flares away.
The very awesome thing about this app is I can toggle back and see months of patterns and charts and graphs. It shows how long it takes for you to fall asleep. Some nights I fall asleep in 6 minutes and some nights it takes 15. The graphs and charts are so helpful and it measures you against sleep patterns in different parts of the world. Some parts of the world get more sleep than we do in the USA, and some countries get much much less. UGH, that sounds terrible !!
I set the app to wake me up with soothing nature sounds or gentle music each morning during the week. On the weekends, I switch it to no alarm, just analyze my sleep. I aim for 100% perfect sleep each night, don’t we all? This app has totally changed my life.
I find that when I am physically overwhelmed, in pain or have a fever or chills that I can not quell, I know that the app will reveal how well or how bad I slept which will determine how I proceed with my next day.
When we moved into our recent home, it had an extra room. Our old home didn’t have an extra room and I never realized how my husbands snoring, getting up and drinking water, coughing, flip-flopping in bed when he can’t sleep, accidentally leaving his cell phone buzzing, light turned on during the night in the bathroom, etc etc was detrimental to my health.
So, in the new house, 2 years ago, I made the guest room my sleeping cave. It’s very dark, cool, very quiet, and cozy. I know quality sleep has changed my immune system for the better. I love my dear husband with all my heart, but he realized also that this room was what my health needed.
For your health, try the app. It’s free, its really amazing. I know there are a few different ones out there and they are great too. Try one of them and see how your health benefits. I truly hope and pray I can keep flares away. I hope your flares stay away too.
Stay healthy my friends,
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I acquired AOSD in 2008. I have suffered so terribly and have found ways to help me regain my life. This my personal journal of this mystery illness to diagnosis. I hope that I can help others with my experience and information.
How funny that you were on my mind this morning!! I was gong to contact you and see how you were doing. And there you were in my in box.
Glad you are doing well. Unfortunately, my husband has chosen not to do anything about his snoring and probable sleep apnea. I too found the fatigue from not sleeping well as well as my job contributing to my flare. Been doing well since we have separate sleeping areas. I do need to check the quality of my sleep, so thank you for the recommendation of the app.
Take care and stay well.
How lovely to hear I was on your mind! This makes me smile 😊
Things are going well. I have been fairly diligent about time limits and stress levels. I am so glad you have a spare room to call your own. Our last home had husbands’ office and my art room but no real other space to sleep besides the master bedroom, but I didn’t realize how traumatic it was for my health until I had the opportunity to retreat to my own space. Never giving this room up !! Ha ha ! I am hoping your health is good and you are getting enough rest. Please stay well my friend.
Every time I feel a flare developing I go to my room and sleep. This helps tremendously. Glad to hear it helps you as well
I am so glad you listen to your body. I used to push myself and say “oh just one errand, one more hour of chores, one more stop at the store and then I would collapse and end up in a bad flare. Strange how it took me so long to take sleep and rest seriously. I am glad you have made it your priority.
Stay healthy and rested.