I’m no stranger to sleep disorders, having them for twenty-five years. However, after the birth of my children, I reached new depths with my insomnia. Or rather, I did. In the last six months, I discovered an amazing – and unexpected – cure for my long-standing, disordered sleep experience.
For years, I just assumed it was stress. Then, with the arrival of children, I thought it was convenient that I was already so easily waking up in the middle of the night. I couldn’t tell if it was worsening, or just part of the new parent experience. I snored horribly with each pregnancy, like many women. Finally, my third child had serious medical needs that required around the clock care. I didn’t sleep enough at night to even know if I could snore any more. Once he turned a year old, I could finally attempt a full night’s sleep – only to be plagued by worry that I’d developed a serious disorder. Was it sleep apnea? I had to find out.
Don’t Guess, Get Professional Help
Fearing the recommendations, I waited needlessly. My physician ruled out actual apnea – but that was of little consolation. I felt that my experience of having to get up at night for caring for disabled children had somehow broken me. I wondered if I’d experienced permanent changes to my sinuses from the pregnancies. My doctor had no easy answers for me though, and attributed my problems to stress. With two disabled children, why wouldn’t I suffer insomnia and morning headaches?
Consider Immune System Needs
However, he also recommended that we go gluten free for my husband’s celiac disease. I resisted changing for my own diet and the household for a year. Once I did, though, I noticed within a week my morning sinus headache was gone. I lost weight and stopped snoring. No CPAP for me! I still have other allergies, and a gluten slip will bring on a headache the next morning. Gluten free isn’t the answer for everyone, but other immune system triggers cause the same symptoms.
Hypnosis and Relaxation Techniques
As much as diet helped, it did little for my stress. My biggest improvement there was learning relaxation techniques. I had a great postpartum hypnosis program that I used. I kept a few free internet links for when I just needed a soothing voice with background music.
My decades long challenge of sleep disorders is behind me. I’m wiser for the experience, and not afraid to ask for help, should I one day develop apnea. Insomnia is no longer my nighttime companion.