Insomnia, the simple definition is “sleeplessness”. Sadly, this one word does not describe the mental and emotional effects it burdens its victim with. I have lived with insomnia for the past 7 years (after being clinically diagnosed). Through these times, i have lost many hours in my day. From laying awake at night, trying to fall asleep, to trying several home remedies to ease my mind and body. From these feeble attempts, i have been able to find only a few things that have yielded any results.
I was diagnosed at the age of 18, soon after graduation from high school. I was excited about what the world would bring. I did what any normal graduate would do. I went in search of a job, having a committed social and personal life, and started working towards getting into college to further my education. After a few disappointing events, i found myself working a third shift job with no relationship and college being the furthest thing, all in just a few short months.
As I continued my day to day, i started realizing that along with anxiety and stress. I started loosing more sleep everyday. What started with seven hours normally, turned into two or three, if any. I started to worry, so i sought help from my physician. I sat in her office as she ran through a small questionnaire, just to get a feel for my daily routine and experiences. After telling her about my recent break up, the change to third shift and other issues in life. She diagnosed me with acute insomnia, generally a mild case. She prescribed me anxiety medicine and a exercise regimen to reduce the stress and help me gain back some sleep. Sadly this was only a temporary fix. I soon realized that without the medication i would find myself stressing over little things again. So i decided to look for some home remedies, using the internet to search for ways to deal.
- Warm Milk
- Warm Showers
- Aroma Therapy
These had noticeable results, but again all seemed temporary. I delved deeper into my research and finally found the information that i had been looking for. For me, and my particular case, i needed a change in life. Until I came across this information, I had never thought of a change in situation. It made sense to me, and i realized what i needed to do.
Over the next two years, i made several changes to my life. I found a new job, in a new city, with a new home and a new love interest. That was in 2009, now in 2013, i sit here engaged, full time and able to sleep. If the only reason for me staying up past twelve in the morning, is to share this story and hopefully encourage some of you to heed my words and just think on your current situation. Then I am doing my part and I am proud to help.