Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 19, 2018
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Fay Gibson: I’m Fay Gibson and I’m living with multiple sclerosis.
The first signs that I had that something wasn’t right was I was in New York for the holidays visiting my parents,
and I felt an electric shock go through my left side.
And I was actually holding a friend’s baby at the same time, and I almost dropped her.
So I saw my internists and they did an MRI on me, they did some blood work and
a couple of weeks later they called and said they saw a spot on my brain
and that I needed to go see a neurologist to have that checked out.
Fay Gibson: Initially my lifestyle did not change when I got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,
because I don’t think at that time I had accepted the disease.
I just went about my daily routine.
I was kind of in a state where I was still in disbelief,
so it was like I’m just going to continue doing everything that I was doing.
MS has affected my sleep patterns in the day I’m fatigued
and you would think by night time that I would just want to fall asleep,
Fay Gibson: but my brain does not shut down.
It’s up and it’s so hard because you are feeling tired but your body
just will not allow you to rest.
And so I’m up two, three, four o’clock in the morning
and I fall asleep at like five o’clock and I have to be up at seven.
So you continuously do this all the time and you’re kind of feeling like a zombie.
For, like, 24 hours you’re like just walking around just wanting to sleep, but you can’t.
In order to manage my sleep,
Fay Gibson: I take medications in the day to kind of help me go through the entire day,
cause I have work and school.
So I have long days, and so by 4 o’clock I’m exhausted.
So my doctor does give me medications to keep me up, and then at night,
he gives me medication to bring me down so that I am able to get a full night’s rest
and start all over again.
If I’m able to get some exercise in,
but do it early enough in the day where by the time it’s bedtime,
Fay Gibson: I tend to rest a whole lot better.
So if you’re having difficulties with insomnia,
I would suggest probably doing a light workout like in the morning or early afternoon.
That actually does help.
But you have to listen to your body.
You have to sleep when you can or sleep when your body says that you need it and if not,
you’re going to get sick.