To Sleep, Perchance to Dream?

Now that I’m sleeping five, six even seven hours at a time, rather than two or three hours, I’m starting to feel like an expert! It’s only taken me four or five years and a long list of trial and error:

  1. Recommendations from Say Goodnight to Insomnia
  2. Supplements from SHINE protocol and various doctors
  3. Hypnosis
  4. Ambien & Trazodone
  5. Brain Training
  6. Heparin injections

I still need a lot of help with my sleep but the pills usually work now and I don’t need as many. Other than the obvious difficulty of being awake at night, I would say the most challenging part was the Heparin injections which I had to administer myself. I’ve always been gung ho about doing whatever it takes to recover from CFS/FMS but when it came to teaching me to put a needle in my own flesh, I had to be pushed. 

Hypnosis helped at the worst point – 2007 – but it seemed to “run out” after about a year.

In order to get the best sleep I find that it’s important to go outside within the last hour before sunset. After popping my pills at bedtime, I put my earphones in and listen to various delta wave recordings from Brain Sync. When I get up in the morning I often step outside in order to get sunlight in my eyes as early in the day as possible. This helps me with falling asleep while the sunset light helps with staying asleep.

There are two things I’m working on which would improve my sleep further. The first is going to bed at a regular time – there’s something about bedtime that scares me a bit and I am still resolving that.

Then there’s getting through the day in a more relaxed manner despite the anxiety I feel about my health. I’m working on that! I would love to report back to you by the end of this year, and tell you that sleep and bedtime are simply no big deal. Hopefully I will say, “I’m relaxed, I’m sleeping and focused on something else.”

Please note: I am not referring to Hamlet‘s meaning with the title of this post. He was speculating about death and I’m staying alive.

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