It’s 3 o’clock in the morning and I’m wide awake. My brain just won’t stop talking. It keeps going on and on about wondering where the word oreo comes from and wondering if penguins have knees. You know, I don’t really care. But my brain…my brain seems to think it’s extremely important. I figured since it was up, I might as well get up too. It looks like I’ll be watching the sun come up this morning and wondering how I’m going to get through my day. Somehow, as soon as morning comes my brain gets quiet and my body is ready for bed. Why can’t they coordinate better when it’s time to actually go to sleep?
Most of the time my sleepless nights are due to pain, muscle spasms, and an overactive brain. My brain and muscle spasms I can quiet with meds, but I don’t like taking them. I will if I really need them, and probably should have taken some hours ago, but I knew today was going to be a slow day so I’m not as concerned about needing a full nights sleep. But the pain, that doesn’t respond to meds. I’ve tried at least a dozen different types of meds. I’m either allergic to the ones that actually work or have tried ones that should work but they don’t for me. I have found one solution though to help with the pain in my feet…the neuropathy.
I have extremely hypersensitive feet. They are completely numb, but I can feel soft touches. It’s really weird trying to explain that concept to people. A touch on my foot is not felt as a tickle either. It’s pain. Intense pain. My feet feel like they are wrapped in saran wrap all the time too or like I’ve got tight fitting socks on.
I know they make bed tents for the foot of your bed to help keep the sheets off of your feet but the prices of those things were way too high. Much more than I could spend. I was talking about it with my brother and we came up with a design for one using pvc pipes. Our version cost only $16 compared to the $60 and up for what appeared to be flimsy solutions.
So since I’m already up, let me show you what we did.
This tent idea may not fix all your sleepless nights, but it just might help with some of them. If you struggle with sleepless nights and exhausting days, keep searching for ways to help you get some much needed rest.
With MS, we need sleep more than most people because our bodies and brain are working quadruple times as hard to do just about everything. You know your body better than anyone else. Listen to it…slow down and rest when you need it. I give you permission to take a vacation.