Monday, March 31, 2014

The Search for Sleep

I am on the hunt for sleep. I have never been a good sleeper. I wake up at every little mouse fart. My dog walking around, cars outside, wind...everything wakes me up. As most of you know, I moved to another state, started a new job and bought a new place to live, all within about three months. What you may now know and what I usually don't share is that all these changes gave me anxiety. The anxiety kept me awake and it is a vicious cycle. I can't sleep because I worry I won't sleep.

I don't usually share my most personal details but I have a reason this time. My doctor put me on Xanax. She then had me try Zoloft and when I had an adverse reaction to that switched me to Prozac. I had a reaction to that too.  In the mean time I am going to acupuncture treatments, trying Melatonin, Tumeric tea, and counseling.  None of this seems to be working so I am looking for solutions.  Both my doctor and counselor tell me this is "situational" insomnia and will eventually go a way but I sure don't want to be on drugs any longer.

I am very lucky to have a great manager who understands what I am going through and is very supportive but seriously, it is starting to affect my day-to-day well being.

If you have any ideas, have gone through a long bout of insomnia or just want to share please comment below.