Do you find you sleep longer than before your stroke?

NO. IF ANYTHING, I SLEEP LESS.

B4 THE STROKE, I SLEPT 6-7 HOURS, & NOW I AM LIKE AN ALARM CLOCK, & WIDE AWAKE AFTER 6 HRS. OR UNTIL THE SUN STARTS RISING…& I DON’T NAP. MY HUSBAND COMPLAINS, BECUZ THE DOCTORS PROMISED THAT I’D SLEEP MORE NOW, SO I GUESS MOST STROKE SURVIVORS DO! IF I MOVED MORE, I THINK I WOULD, BECUZ GOING OUT & ABOUT WIPES ME OUT! I’VE NEVER RUN A MARATHON, BUT THERE ARE SIMPLE TASKS THAT MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I RAN AT LEAST A FEW MILES! JUST SITTING UPRIGHT IN MY CHAIR WAS TAXING, UNTIL I GOT STRONGER, & STAYING UPRIGHT IN A MOVING VEHICLE STILL CAN BE HARD! IN FACT, I STARTED DOING MUSIC THERAPY AT HOME (LUCKILY, I HAVE A MUSIC ROOM AT HOME), BECUZ IT WIPED ME OUT JUST DRIVING THERE!

& NOW IT’S GETTING WORSE, BECUZ MY LEGS HAVE STARTED SHAKING (MAYBE IT’S LIKE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? WHATEVER IT IS, IT’S ANNOYING) I’M TRYING THE DRUG BACLOPHEN 2 HELP W/SLEEP ISSUES (TO RELAX MY LEG, & IT HAS A SIDE EFFECT OF BEING TIRED), BUT A FULL PILL IS MAKING ME A ZOMBIE IN THE DAY, & 1/2 A PILL ISN’T HELPING EITHER–I’M LIKE “1/2 A ZOMBIE,” WHO CAN AT LEAST TYPE, BUT I DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY TO EVEN TALK, AND MY LEGS STILL SHAKE AFTER ABOUT 6 HOURS!

THE MOST DRASTIC CHANGE HAS BEEN THAT I WAS A NIGHT OWL, & NOW AM IN BED EARLY, BUT NOT BECUZ I’VE CHANGED–THAT’S JUST WHEN MY HELP GOES 2 BED! LOL JUST AS I GO TO BED EARLY & WAKE & LAY THERE SO MY HUSBAND CAN REST (I CAN LISTEN 2 AUDIO BOOKS ON MY IPOD, LAYING THERE, BUT USUALLY I JUST PRAY, THINK/PONDER, & STARE AT THE CEILING 4 HRS.), MY HUSBAND STAYS UP AS LATE AS HE CAN 4 ME. IF U FACTOR IN MY SHAKING LEG & THAT I BARELY SLEEP, MY HUSBAND IS A SAINT 4 MAKING IT POSSIBLE 4 US 2 SHARE A BED!

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