My Mobility Issues Affect My Insomnia
Last updated: January 2022
I know it sounds off, but my mobility issues affect my insomnia in several ways. Since I developed issues that drastically affected my mobility, I have had more trouble sleeping. I often find myself spending several hours more in bed. Unfortunately, that extra time in bed is not spent sleeping.
Stress keeps me up at night
I have an undiagnosed medical issue that has some pretty life-altering symptoms. My mobility issues have a drastic effect on my day-to-day activities and greatly affect my independence. The stress of finding ways to do all I can for me is not the only stress this causes. The fear of diagnosis also weighs heavy on me. Nobody wants to be diagnosed with something serious, and it is stressful considering the possible causes.
If you have dealt with stress, you know it can keep you up at night or make it harder for you to drag yourself out of the bed each day. It can keep you awake all night and also make you want to stay in bed all day. Yes. It can make you sleep less and spend more time in bed. I realize that does not make much sense to some people, but I assure you it happens.
Depression makes it hard to get out of bed
I have episodes of depression. The stress caused by my mobility issues and losing a good bit of my independence fuels my depression. It is not easy for me to get out of bed as it is, but add the physical trouble with the stress of it, and I find it takes me longer and longer to force myself out of bed. It is not unusual for it to take a couple of hours for me to get up and start my day.
I find myself spending most of the day in bed, and this adds to my depression. It is a vicious cycle, and I seem to be stuck. Depression makes it hard for me to get out of bed. Being in bed so much makes me depressed. Getting out of bed is not easy physically, so that adds to my depression. How do I get out of this rut?
Pain keeps me awake some nights
For the most part, I have adjusted to my pain levels. It is generally tolerable and I am able to ignore most of it. However, there are times when my pain level increases and becomes more irritating. This keeps me awake until I can mentally adjust to ignore it. It seems as soon as I am able to tolerate the pain enough to sleep, insomnia kicks in, and sleep is out of the question.
I take nothing for the pain. Over-the-counter medication does nothing for me and I do not take prescription pain medication. My preferred method of pain relief has always been to deal with the pain until I am accustomed to it. Once it becomes normal, I can ignore it for the most part. Of course, this does not work for some of the worst pain and I am stuck suffering through it. Coping with pain is exhausting at times, but insomnia shows up to keep me awake no matter how tired I am.
Stress affects our sleep
No matter why you are stressed, it affects your sleep. Anxiety and depression can greatly affect your ability to sleep. You might sleep less, or you might find yourself sleeping more.
Is stress keeping you up at night? Is stress making it hard for you to get out of bed in the morning? I would love to hear about your experience.
What do you do at night when you can't sleep?