8 years 6 months back into insomnia
Do you mean that it went away for a while? If so, how long?
I no longer take much notice of it
Easier said than done, but this is they key. I spent years getting annoyed, frustrated and angry about it, which didn't help.
I try to do what I have to do
I agree we should still try and do things we need to do
often dragging myself around like a dead weight
It is awful feeling tired, but I tell myself at least it doesn't hurt (I've had a lot of physical pain)
no real life can be had on the days sleep is gone
Maybe not, but what is "real life"? I am learning to just sit outside in the sun, learning to relax and telling myself to enjoy it!
don't worry about it as it did not help so why bother... rest as much as possible when you can't sleep via deep relaxation I used videos and head phones with ocean sounds as I could not get there by myself. I just could not.
Good advice. I am learning to lie down instead of pushing myself and surprised that sometimes (not long after getting up) I have dropped off for 5-15mins.
Melatonin I tried in recent months was a huge mistake for me which threw off my limited sleep since that tail spin I have not fully recovered I took .5 mg and I will not be trying it again. I became quite strange to myself for days after taking it.
I almost got a script for this, but I already had all the side effects, so decided against it. I have since read that it increases the serotonin, so that doesn't help when you are trying to reduce it!
Magnesium I can tolerate now in ground up bits ... tiny amounts. It sometimes helps me rest and even sleep now it has taken this many years to make peace with tiny doses of mag.
I have taken many years to try and take magnesium too. I couldn't say it helped me sleep any better. I was grinding 1/4 a tablet in 2L of water and drinking it over 2 days.
Epson salt baths are still the best sleep enhancer I have found but I don't like how my skin feels when I do these baths... hate it actually. I will bow down and do them when I really need to the chlorine in the water bothers me so I would rather shower now as I have a shower filter... filling the tub from the shower has been tried it is not a worthwhile option .
I found you can have too much epsom salts in the bath. I must try it again. 1 cup caused me problems, so I tried 1/2 cup and I think I need to try 1/4 next time.
Maybe in more time...
I sure hope sleep will improve for all of us, including you - you certainly had it a lot worse
Peace to you also