Fatigue and Tiredness After a Stroke

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Fatigue and Tiredness After a Stroke

As I am writing this post I am roughly 8.5 years post stroke so keep that in mind. I still have fatigue. So thinking back one of my questions I would repeat often while in the rehab facility was: “what time is it?” When I would ask I would ask it three or more times all within a minute or so. I am guessing that I was repeating myself like that because of the damage my brain had endured through the stroke. What’s more important was why I was asking this question. The reason was because all day through all of my therapy what I looked forward to the most was going back to my room so I could sleep.

My stroke was in December of 2008, after two weeks in Redwood City, five weeks in acute care Vallejo, and about month at my mother’s house, my wife and I found ourselves moving in to our current house on Valentines Day of 2009. I was still on several medications and sleeping about 3/4 of the day if not more. I was waking up to eat and use the restroom.

Fast forward to now (there is much between) when I’m tired my body let’s me know. I lose balance more easily, I begin to see double, I drool, etc.

I have continuously pushed myself through therapy to this day. Often on average 2 days per week I commute to or from work on my bike 20 miles.

Visit my gym as I have time. I started working last May as an Information Systems Analyst for the California State Controllers Office. In addition I have my own business:

www.mdccomputersolutions.com

www.facebook.com/MDCComputerSolutions

www.instagram.com/MDCComputerSolutions

At my day job I recently switched to a 9-8-80 schedule, the 9 hour days are often harder to get through, but get every other Friday off and It is well worth it. I get lots done that I would not have the opportunity for otherwise.

Any questions about my experiences with Fatigue and Sleep please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

In addition I am doing a fundraiser please check it out: www.yourdonationplease.com

Thank you for taking the time to read,

Matt


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Blue Light Blocking Glasses

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“Throughout evolution, brightness meant that it was daytime and that we should be awake and get stuff done, while darkness meant that it was time to sleep and recover.” -Kris Gunnars

The Problem:

Modern light bulbs and electronic devices (especially computer monitors), also produce large amounts of blue light and “trick” our brains into thinking that it is daytime.

Explanation:

When it gets dark in the evening, a part of the brain called the pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin, which signals to our bodies and brains that it is time to get tired and go to sleep.

Blue light, whether from the sun or a laptop, is very effective at inhibiting melatonin production.

This means that our bodies don’t get the proper signal that it’s time to go to sleep, reducing both the quantity and quality of our sleep.

Studies have linked melatonin suppression in the evening to various health problems, including metabolic syndrome, obesity and cancer,  as well as mental disorders like depression

The Solution(s):

(1) Don’t use any blue light devices after a set time typically a few hours before bed (TVs, Smartphones, lights, etc). Stick to candle light or non blue light producing devices.

(2)  Download software for your computer/mobile devices: https://justgetflux.com/

(3) My older TV and newer ones as well don’t have apps that you can just download. So ultimately the best solution is to wear blue light blocking glasses for a few hours before you go to bed. Kendra and I have been discussing getting some for a while now but the other day a friend of hers reminded us about them. Me and Kendra have some on order from Amazon. I will write more about the once I have used the for a few weeks.

 

references: Kris Gunnars


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