I feel like my bed is a battlefield. I can`t recall the last time I had a good night`s sleep!
So what`s going on?
Well sleep dysfunction is a common problem for people with ME which includes
- Difficulty in initiating sleep
- Frequent awakenings
- Nightmares or agitated dreams
- Non-restorative sleep
- Variations in sleepiness and energy throughout the day
- Sometimes hypersonic (excessive sleeping)
So no wonder I always feel tired!
I have written a few poems about the problems of sleep in ME and I was approached by Julia Cottam to use these poems for The Big Sleep for ME during ME awareness week in May 2013
She along with M.E. Awareness: Words and Pictures provided the artwork for the poems
I think the combination works well and helps to bring the poems alive.
Here are a couple of examples.
This poem entitled Sleep highlights the problems around initiating sleep, frequent awakenings and insomnia.
The second poem ME Sleep patterns is about the changes that take place in sleep patterns from hypersomnia to insomnia, sleep reversal and unrefreshing sleep.
In the early stages of the illness hypersomnia is more the problem, when you need to sleep a lot longer than `normal` yet don`t feel refreshed. This may also happen in a relapse. Some find a reversal of their sleeping pattern and find themselves sleeping more in the day than the night. And then insomnia seems to become the pattern later in the illness.
After ten years of this illness I seem to mostly suffer from insomnia, frequent awakenings or weird and lifelike dreams. The last time I had a severe relapse was a couple of years ago and it was as if I had gone back in time and all I wanted to do was sleep.
Next time I`ll share some more of my poems about sleep.
Until then Bonne nuit!
From the French Femme xxx