It’s back and I’m not taking about some time limited special offer. Nope this is like a root canal that no one wants but can’t avoid. I’m trying seriously hard to “avoid” this but it seems to be chasing me down.
Yep – insomnia has raised its ugly head again. I thought I had it beat down for a while and actually was waking up easily. A few days of being sick, a couple of bad nights with a sick husband, a week in a camper with our lovely little granddaughter who was teething and BAM. The nights are long when sleep passes me by even though I try super hard to practise good sleep hygiene. I set an alarm to go to bed for heavens sake!
I had a wonderful intervention though and super timely. A month or so ago I had a conversation with one of our lovely x-ray technicians about this very subject. She suffers badly and hers is not menopausal cause she is WAY too young. She had been using prescription medications as it was that bad but had recently switched to a few different options. She was sweet enough to share one nights worth of lavender pills and something called L-Theanine. I slept like a log!! It was fabulous and no hangover. I have been regularly using the Melatonin but still have some bad nights.
I also slept last night as I was forced to take a muscle relaxant for some back spasm but awoke feeling ghastly from it (as per usual). I can only go that route when my back is really bad as I hate that feeling which lingers for hours on end. Of course it settles the spasms down and my back wakes up feeling better.
There are also some sleeping medications out there that don’t give the hangover feeling and are relatively short acting. I have a couple of friends who have used them as necessary when dealing with some pretty tough personal stuff where sleep was in short supply. They have both convinced me that it isn’t the end of the world to use prescription medications for insomnia.
I have discovered that one can go for a few nights without much sleep by staying busy but you just can’t go on indefinitely. So in this year of self (auto type put in sled!) care I am addressing this issue.
Got to go – time for bed.