Hi, I have decided to share my journey to a consistent peaceful sleep. I hope this information is helpful to others who have experienced chronic insomnia.
I have always had a busy mind and throughout my forties battled with insomnia from time to time. In my case, it was usually triggered by either me being away from home and worry about early flights or presentations or at home at 2-3am where I woke up and my mind started to race.
However, in February 2015 at the age of fifty-two, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Luckily it was benign, unluckily I had to have surgery to remove (this golf ball size stow away) which was wrapped around my pituitary gland and pressing against my optic nerve. That’s how it was discovered – I was going blind fast.
The good news my surgery on the 4th of June was successful ( I am still here). However, the surgeons had severed the pituitary stalk which connects this gland to the hypothalamus and provides the signals for my hormones. Hey but I am alive and the good news is I feel great today.
However, six months after surgery I still had not had a proper night sleep even after dropping powerful sleeping pills given to me by the doctor. This is, unfortunately, a common side effect for a lot of brain surgery patients.
I struggle for the next three years but finally in 2018 after shifting to a new GP and meeting the lady who runs the Diabetes Clinic I found my self on the journey to solving this issue. The big change was my GP identified straight away that I needed a drug called Melatonin.
Melatonin is a wee tablet taken by mouth for those with an inability to fall asleep. This was immediately helpful as it helped me get to sleep but in my case, unfortunately, I did not help me stay sleeping and often I would wake about 2-3 am.
At around the same time as changing my doctor I met a very talented natural practitioner who explained to me I needed to look at Magnesium. I had tried a supplement ‘magnesium’ with some minor success. The big change she made for me was to show me how to walk into the health store and body test the different options. Using this method I found my body responded best to Neo Life’s Cal-Mag. At first, I was taking eight Cal Mag a night to help rebuild my magnesium. (Now I am down to four tablets just before bed). She also introduced me to essential oils.
Essential oils have been used by us humans for thousands of years. I did my research and found another local lady who was selling high-quality essential oils and would help me understand what would help me best.
So, now I also use Lavender essential oil either as drops on my pillow or a rubbing a small amount on the bottom of my feet.
I have been using this three-way combination for some time now and I am having long deep restful nights of sleep. It may seem overkill that I have all these solutions but for me, they seem to work best together due to my particular circumstances.
I feel human again and are ready to take my health to the next level.
Now, I am not suggesting you use all these products, as I think we all have slight unique differences. What I hope you take out of this article is DO NOT GIVE UP! If things are not working for you and you are just struggling with chronic insomnia, make changes.
Investigate different solutions and get a good sleep – it is so important! Maybe some of what I discovered may help. I think there is something about the combination of things that makes it work for me, maybe, just maybe it will also work for you.
To a good nights sleep.