Living with multiple sclerosis means living with uncertainty. The course of the disease is very difficult for doctors to predict. Some people live with MS for years without suffering serious symptoms. Others may rapidly become disabled. Why the course of the disease varies so widely remains unclear. One thing is certain. Most people with MS experience periodic relapses, also called flare-ups or attacks. These can be mild or severe. They may show up in many different ways. Symptoms can include:
Talk to your doctor about your problem. She can help you figure out how to solve it and get back to better Zzz’s.
How Can I Get a Good Night's Sleep?
If a medical problem like spasticity, bladder trouble, or depression is keeping you awake, talk to your doctor about treatments that relieve those conditions.
A consistent bedtime routine can also be a big help. Try these tips:
Relax in the evening before you go to bed. Try to not rehash the day's problems or worry about tomorrow's schedule. If it’s hard to turn your brain off, try routines that can help you wind down, like meditation or breathing exercises.
Go to bed when you're tired. Try to hit the sack at about the same time every night.
If you can’t fall asleep after 10-15 minutes, get up. Don’t lie in bed and watch the clock or count the cracks in the wall. Find something to do that’s relaxing to you, such as working on a puzzle, reading, or writing a letter to a friend. Rather than watching TV, which doesn’t require effort, do something active so that your natural tiredness can build up. But don’t do that activity while you’re in bed -- keep the sheets for sleeping and sex.
Follow these tips, too:
Try not to sleep during the day. If you nap, don’t snooze for too long or near bedtime.