In This Issue

  • ME and My Thoughts
  • Hey, Mr. Sandman!
  • In The News
  • Today's Special from the Flagging Chef
  • Something to Smile About
  • Tell ME About It


ME and My Thoughts

Don't you just love to watch a sleeping baby? His tiny tummy rising and falling as he breathes, the sweet, peaceful expression on his face, his little body sprawled in complete relaxation.

I used to sleep like that! Then, along the way, something happened (I think it was becoming a teen-ager), and I began to bring my stresses to bed with me. My worries danced in my head as I tossed and turned and tried to fall asleep. I didn't give them up even when sleep overtook me, but kept my muscles tight and my jaw clenched. No wonder I woke up achy and exhausted!

It took the desperation of CFS to make me give up unhealthy habits. A good night's rest is no longer a luxury but critical for my health. I'm working on figuring out the magic formula to get me sleeping like a baby again.


Hey, Mr. Sandman!

Does this sound familiar? You wake up feeling exhausted. You go through your day with a nagging feeling of tiredness. By evening, you can't wait to finally get to bed. But once you hit the pillow, your body refuses to cooperate! It takes hours to fall asleep. You sleep fitfully, dreaming vividly and waking several times during the night. Not surprisingly, you wake up feeling exhausted again.

Disordered sleep is a hallmark of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and it is believed to be the underlying process that drives the disease. It is absolutely critical that people with CFS get seven to nine hours of solid sleep each night, without waking or hangover. It may seem impossible, but with a little determination it can be attainable.

Begin by eliminating any underlying conditions that may be interrupting your sleep. A sleep study can let you know if you are experiencing a problem such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome.

There are many different natural treatments you can use to help you sleep better. These include magnesium, calcium, valerian, lemon balm, passionflower, 5-HTP, kava kava, and St. John's wort. Melatonin has been shown to be very helpful for those who are deficient. It is available in pill form, but it works more quickly and effectively in the form of dissolving strips. Delta wave inducing CDs are also soothing, relaxing, and very helpful.

Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for medications. He can prescribe sleeping pills, antidepressants, or a combination of these to help you get the sleep you need.

Good sleep hygiene is essential! From the time you wake up until you go back to sleep, there are many things you can do to help promote proper rest at bedtime. Stick with it, and you may find Mr. Sandman visiting your home once again!


“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


In The News

National Fatigue Survey Launched

by The Fatigue Management Institute

The National Chronic Fatigue Survey, an internet-based survey of fatigue related to chronic illness, has been launched by the Fatigue Management Institute of Florida Institute of Technology. The survey is designed to gather information on the nature and impact of fatigue associated with chronic medical disorders. The survey findings will be used to better describe the experience and severity of fatigue related to chronic medical conditions and will contribute to the development of improved techniques for managing fatigue.

The Survey is open to adults with a chronic medical condition, can be completed anonymously, and can be accessed at: http://research.fit.edu/fmi .

Quincy Bioscience uses their calcium-binding protein technology, through the product Prevagen, to find ways of helping with individual's quality of life. They are looking at providing options and hope to people with many different health challenges. Quincy Bioscience is conducting a clinical trial to evaluate and determine the effects that Prevagen Professional has on Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue. The Prevagen Professional Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Study is a placebo controlled, double-blinded study. If you are interested in participating, you may go to http://www.prevagentrials.com .

Today's Special from the Flagging Chef

This salad is so easy and so delicious, I had it twice in one week! The key is to make sure you have very sweet onions.

Chickpea, Pesto, and Red Onion Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
  • 3 T pesto
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • 3/4 c chopped red onion

Directions

In a bowl, whisk pesto, olive oil, and lemon juice together. Add chick peas and red onions and toss together. Best served at room temperature. From RecipeZaar

For more super simple recipes, visit my recipe blog, The Flagging Chef.


Something to Smile About

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: "Dear husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?"

The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replies in a letter: "Dear wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money."

A week or so later, he receives another letter from his wife. "Dear husband, you wouldn't believe what happened. Some men came with shovels to the house and dug up the back garden."

The prisoner writes back: "Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce."


Tell ME About It

Is there a topic you would like to see discussed in a future issue of Fatigue Busters? Do you have a funny joke, inspirational quote, or story you'd like to share? Contact me here and let me know your thoughts and opinions.