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,
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.