For a long time, I subscribed to the theory that you should work incredibly hard to maintain a specific sleep routine. This means going to bed at the same time and getting up the same time EVERY SINGLE MORNING AND NIGHT. It is virtually impossible for anyone to follow this lifestyle and have a social life. The worst thing I have found about this method is how hard it is to go to sleep at night, especially without a pile of drugs to knock me out.
I swear sometimes it is like my energy system is wired backwards. Sadly, that ends up with me being violently sick from lack of sleep.
After that time period, I got into the habit of sleeping whenever my body told me to sleep. This works pretty well too, other than the fact that I am asleep for short periods of time all over the place, and that no real restorative action is happening in my body.
So here is my question to the Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS crowd - which lifestyle do you choose for sleep?? I get the feeling that I'm not the only person who is wondering which routine is more useful.
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Strict routine or sleep at whim? Do tell!!!