Sleep doctors are wise.
I know this, because I followed the advice of one and SLEPT last night.
I've been as tired as a dead horse that's been beaten most of the evenings after I get home from work. That was due to both lack of sleep and side effects from the RA. So in my infinite wisdom, I started going to bed early, which is what you do when you're tired, right?
Wrong. At least in my case.
The doc said I was messing with my internal clock by going to bed early. She said if I wanted to get up at, say, 6:30 a.m. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!) I would not go to bed earlier than 10:30 p.m. the night before. She told me to keep this time constant.
It seems that by going to bed early, my body was sleeping for a certain amount of time, then waking for a certain amount of time to compensate for how early I went to bed. My body apparently doesn't need ten hours of sleep at night, so it woke me up for the hours it didn't need.
Of course it's all Highly Technical and all that, so one could not expect me to understand it. What matters is that I followed her advice last night and slept. No ambling, no 3 Ayem Blues.
I'm hoping the one-night trend continues for the next, oh, LIFETIME.
Because the sleep....it is SWEET.