Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dealing with insomnia - Blogging, emotional wellness


Recently, I have experienced several bouts of insomnia as well as many changes occurring in my life. As a result, it seems like it may have taken an emotional toll on me and for some reason I can't seem to bring myself to do the many things that I usually enjoyed doing, such as blogging.

This has been the longest that I have gone without posting, and it is beginning to bother me, but I guess I have to let it run its course.
 
In the meantime, I am trying my best to catch up on some sleep and working hard on staying emotionally well.

Have you suffered from insomnia? If so, how have you coped?
Also, have you experienced long periods of disinterest in the things you normally enjoy doing?


16 comments:

  1. Madison, I'm sorry you're having insomnia. Yes, I've suffered from it, and it's so frustrating. Mine manifests itself in waking up in the early hours of the morning and being unable to go back to sleep. I try all my "tricks" for relaxing, like visualization and mindfulness.

    And when my depression is worse, I do have a hard time motivating myself to do the things that I usually enjoy. It's more of an energy problem, I think.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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  2. I am a lifelong sufferer of insomnia. It's no fun! I have found a nice over-the-counter sleep aid at Wal Mart that works wonders though!I hope you have a great Easter weekend!

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    1. It was a nice Easter, hope yours was too.:)

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  3. Yeah had it indeed, barely slept at all, getting better now as I changed my diet completely at my hall.

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    1. Diet, huh...good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Yes I have had that at some point, but what helped was God's grace through it all. What I try to do is get very relaxed, spend time with the Lord, and drink some tea.
    Also listening to some nature sounds like the crickets and such relaxes me.
    I pray your sleep gets better. Try some non addictive sleeping melts from the drugstore to get your sleep back on track.
    Hugs!

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  5. Dear Madison,

    When I just sent you a tweet, I was going to further ask you when you might do another posting. And there it was on my blog list.

    My dear friend, my sleep patterns are erratic at the best of times. In fact, I seem to spend more time in North American time zones than this one.

    I know that a lot of the reason I don't sleep is because of my anxiety about my beloved son. It does takes it toll.

    It seems that your insomnia may well have an underlying cause from the environmental situations you find yourself in.

    I do know that attempting to keep busy with positive distractions can help with the sleep patterns. This leads me to your long periods of disinterest. I know that when my depression is at its worst, I have little interest in the things I normally would love to do. Depression can exhaust us mentally and even the simplest of tasks can seem most daunting. Positive affirmations, interacting on here, utilising positive resources, has helped me work through those times.

    It's darned hard work being positive. I just wouldn't want to ever return to that other place. Madison, you've got lots going for your good self. You have posted and that's an encouraging sign you will work this through and get some well needed sleep.

    Bless you. In empathy and understanding.

    Gary :)

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    1. It can be hard work indeed, but we will get through it. :)

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  6. Oh yes, I've had it for many years without finding some kind of cure and it's not getting any better. I get to a place where I want to sleep because I feel very tired, but for some odd reason I can't actually get to sleep. And to make matters worse, when I do fall asleep it only lasts for a very short time. I can actually stay awake for 2 days without sleep. After 2 days I sleep like a baby for hours.
    I do get extremely frustrated and annoyed but what can I do?

    During the midnight hours I blog, I read blogs, I comment on blogs, I listen to the radio or watch TV and wait until I see daylight then I get on with my day. My mind just won't switch off and I can't stop this.

    I am very interested in hearing what others have to say about this. I've tried every remedy which obviously hasn't worked.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It sure can be frustrating. I have been cutting back on my caffeine since writing this post, has been working a bit.

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  7. Good to see you again.

    I also struggle with insomnia from time to time. It is a big part of what has made me ill over the last few years. Unfortunately I don't have anything that could help as I haven't found anything yet. However I hope your sleep pattern returns to normal sooner rather than later.

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    1. I hope so too. So nice of you to drop by.

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  8. I go through bouts of insomnia several times a year. I was basically just waiting it out, but eventually got a prescription for a med that was supposed to help with some other symptoms too. It worked, but I can't take it anymore because I'm on other stuff now, so I'm looking for a good alternative.

    Insomnia is the worst.

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    1. It sure is Karen, it sure is. Torture, I call it. But, I'm keeping my head high, not giving up.

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