Here are some interesting links useful for TSW warriors.
The effects of total sleep deprivation, selective sleep interruption and sleep recovery on pain tolerance thresholds in healthy subjects.
Sleep deprivation and pain was one of the hardest thing to deal with when I was in the deep end of TSW.
First I was scared to sleep, because I knew I’d scratch and damage my skin and my mornings and the rest of the day will suck.
Second, It will hurt as I roll about in my sleep, waking me up, pissing me off, then dozing off and the cycle repeats. It is like torture.
Third, even till today, my sleep cycle is not stable. I’d not sleep well for a few days, then crash hard and sleep deeply for 8 hours plus sometimes, which is a godsend. I’d sleep in the early mornings. I’d sleep in the late afternoon. It seems like my sleep cycle is a rolling clock, always changing everyday. It is highly irritable and confusing. Appears to be a problem with adrenals.
Now that I’m sleeping well/deeply, plenty has improved. Quality of life, doing normal stuff, and more important quality of thought (which was a blur in the throngs of TSW). I still scratch and break my skin sometimes, but it is not a big deal as it does not hurt as much, and knowing it will take my 1 day TAT skin recovery, it gives me great comfort in knowing I can scratch and it will heal quickly.
Which is the real problem, I sometimes ask, TSW or the sleep. I believe once your sleep quality is gone, more health problems (other than TSW) can crop up and make your life more difficult than it is. Instead of worrying about our skin, we should worry about our sleep and think of ways to make it better. Take antihistamines to help sleep, ask for short term sleeping pills (better, seek for natural sleeping pills aids – melatonin, valerian root, tryphophan, etc). Do some light physical work in the day time. See sunlight! (light regulates sleep). Make your mind tired during the day. Write. Make effort.
Sometimes to treat a specific problem, we need to look elsewhere that can produce the biggest gains. Example, to run faster, we do not just go out and try to run faster, but rather, we work and exercise our core muscles separate from running. Same for TSW. Look elsewhere!