Well, here I am led in the bath…..at 00:09am!
And I’m utterly shattered for these regular (nightly) twilight baths to help my legs from constantly moving in the bed, no matter what my ‘sleeping’ position (sleep, what was that again?).
My restless legs joined my body a couple of years ago but would annoy me in the evening when sat downstairs but as soon as I’d come up to bed and lay flat, it seemed to disappear.
Fast forward the last four months where restless legs aren’t happy to just annoy me in the evening. It’s now joining me when I’m led out flat and desperate to sleep.
I have an under active thyroid (last twenty years) so I’m familiar with feeling fatigued by day. I go for annual thyroid function tests to check my thyroid levels.
My under active thyroid has always resulted in me sleeping well at night. Could literally ‘fall on my nose’ and would be asleep almost as fast as turning off a light switch.
Those days feel long gone and now only a distant memory!
I’m soooooo sleep deprived right now it’s unreal! And I work in the NHS by day full-time so I feel I’m suffering.
What may have changed?
Well I needed a cardiac stent fitted in November 2021 to treat a 90% blockage in my LAD artery. I was placed on both aspirin and anti-platelet Med Prasugrel for twelve months to avoid any clots from forming around the new stent.
I do not smoke, only drink a glass or two of wine on weekends and drink decaffeinated tea and coffee.
GP wants to check my iron levels given I’m on these blood thinners. But even if they find I am, they can’t stop the blood thinners and the risk of heart related problem becomes a bigger health risk than my restless legs.
Last night I woke at 12:30am and didn’t drop back off until 4am. Had to then wake at 7am, for work.
Many nights every week resemble this one!
Have never experienced insomnia before ever. It’s horrid! When I’m tossing and turning in bed and unable to keep my legs still, I know I have to run myself a bath. Yet feel physically sick at the thought as I’m soooooo overly exhausted I feel like I could pass out when in the bath or immediately afterwards.
Any advice? Huge thanks to you all, Sally (45yr old female, UK).