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Can’t Sleep with Liver Disease

Can’t Sleep with Liver Disease 

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Be careful wandering around while you’re sleepy!

Advanced liver disease can create problems with your dream time! Without enough sleep, it is hard to battle fatigue, achiness, and brain fog. I had hepatic encephalopathy from Hepatitis C and my sleeping was messed up for years. I took sleeping pills and they made me even more groggy during the day. Here is help from someone who has been there.

When you can’t sleep with liver disease

Day Sleeper – Reverse Sleep Pattern, or RSP can be common during the later stages of cirrhosis. It is where you feel drowsy and worn out all day, signaling your body to sleep….. wherever it can. That can be inconvenient when it happens on the job, in the middle of a conversation, or while driving. Seriously, it can be a signal of the onset of hepatic encephalopathy.

Eyes Wide Open – The whole world is shutting down for the night and you’re buzzing… wide awake. You may even feel nervous or anxious because you know that sleep is necessary. It can kick in a night of excessive worry. When your body is so so very tired – but your brain is flitting around like a firefly – it’s no fun.

Chat About It – Your family may wonder why you want to lay around all day. Boost their awareness by showing them this blog. Let them know you are not just lazy. Let them know you are learning some tips for getting a good nights sleep. Ask for support – and a little mercy! If you have feelings of embarrassment, be kind to yourself. You’re not the only one going through it – many of us suffer from RSP.

Round the Clock – Because our circadian rhythms get disrupted, our body doesn’t get the signal to sleep at the right time. You can end up taking several naps a day. There are a lot of problems with that. First, you end up sleeping off and on all day and night. But – you only get a few hours sleep at a time. This does not allow your body (and brain) the longer period of sleep it needs for restoration.

Talk to Doc – An important conversation to have with your doctor is about your sleep patterns. Write this down! Tell them how often you feel like napping, or actually sleep during the day. Try using an app on your phone to count your actual sleep hours. It will record how often you turn over and get up. I actually showed my graph to my doctor. She prescribed something to help me relax and stay asleep. Melatonin is an option, and magnesium. There are prescription meds like Ambien and Lunesta also.

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It’s easier to sleep if no one is chewing on your toes.

Try This First

  1. Start a bedtime routine.
  2. Turn off the television and your cell phone.
  3. Avoid caffeine after 5 PM.
  4. Get your exercise in early so your heart rate will be low.
  5. Soak in a warm tub.
  6. Turn on my yoga or meditation youtube.
  7. Take a magnesium supplement.

Once you begin to pamper yourself by setting up a night time ritual, the stress can begin to slow down. By turning off the tv and phone, you are less likely to hear any bad news. You’re also less likely to get in an argument. Cutting caffeine early can help and so does a warm bath. Try using candles…. Watching my youtubes or meditations are a way to stretch and relax. They also may bore you so much that you nod off. The magnesium will help you relax and can improve your chances of getting through the night without a leg cramp!

Dream sweet dear friends,

Xo Karen