Insomnia is insidious! I talk often about the depression and the anxiety and the nightmares. But I don’t ever say much about the insidious side effect of the nightmares, insomnia. I am a pro at lying in bed for hours, tossing and turning, while my brain mulls over the threat of sleeping. And ultimately, it decides, “no, thanks.” Hence why this is currently what my nightly routine consists of:
That’s melatonin, valerian root, ambien, magnesium calm, and a calming sleep essential oil for the diffuser. Even with all of that, I still wake up like clockwork at 1:30 am. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I wonder if that time has some significance because it happens so often. I get about 4 hours sleep, if I am lucky and then I am up, faced with the decision to either take more meds and be groggy in 4 hours when I get up or keep tossing and turning for a few more hours and then just give up and get up. I’ve been vacillating between the two choices lately. I’ve got to say, they both suck.
What do you do for insomnia? I’ve tried all the above supplements. I’ve taken Lunesta. I’ve done the benadryl thing. I’ve done legs up the wall and meditation. I’ve tried a shower. What am I missing? What else is out there?