Well, I did the up all night bit again, save for about an hour when I dozed out on the sofa. And to make matters worse, when I did get up and go to bed, the pain started in to where I had to break out, for the first time in ages, a second dose of my pain killers. I try very hard, NOT to do that, as the supply of them, is limited. But I did get at least some sleep.. sorta 😦
A sleep study I had done, shows the rather classic pattern of the ” sudden bursts of awake brain wave activity, happening in the brain of someone whose is supposed to be in deep stage 4 sleep ” Now what that means, in a layman’s terms, is that our very brain will suddenly throw alpha waves, into a time period when we are supposed to be having Delta waves, in other words, be in a state of deep sleep. This lack of deep sleep, is considered to be the main reason we have FM.
They know this, for the simple reason that if you deprive ordinary people of stage 4 sleep, they, rather rapidly in fact, start to show the common signs of FM. Now as to which comes first, no one knows.
What are the effects of this kind of sleep deprivation ? They are very well known, and can be very serious, which makes one wonder why the idea is not given more attention. As the known effects are:
Effects of sleep deprivation
decreased mental activity and concentration
weakened immune system
lucid dreaming (once sleep resumes)
memory lapses or loss Article
slowed reaction time
And in extreme cases
Hallucinations (visual and auditory) and or death.
Now most of this, we all know very well, do we not, yet no one seems to take this massive amount of overlapping evidence, seriously. Most of the things we are given for sleep, are either outright ineffective and or have so many side effects, they are worse than useless.
So it begs the question of why, if the detrimental effects are so will known, is nothing more positive, being done about it ?
Something to ponder, perhaps on the very nights I cannot sleep, since I seem to be doing a lot of those lately 😦