Insomnia – The Thing About Sleep

Insomnia has been a frequent visitor throughout my life and seems to be on an extended stay so far this year.  It is one of the most commonly known sleep disorders.  Insomnia doesn’t discriminate between age nor gender, though it’s less common in children (my daughter’s eleven-year-old body didn’t get that memo…).  It affects one in three of us, according the Mental Health Foundation.  Sleep deprivation isn’t something to be taken lightly. It’s actually quite damaging. It puts you’re at a great risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. For me, I get extremely grumpy, irritable and over sensitive.  It aggravates my anxiety and makes everything feel much sharper and rawer.

Medication

Over 15 million sleeping pill prescriptions are filled each year in the UK and one in ten of us regularly pop a pill to sleep at night.  A startling statistic considering they’re so addictive and can lead to dependency or medication-related accidents.  I use them occasionally but I exercise extreme caution and I tend to stick to an incredibly small dose.I do think sleeping pills have their place but I also worry they can be handed out in quite a cavalier manner.At present. I tend to take 3.5mg of zopiclone a couple of times a week.  I’m beginning to feel like that isn’t a strong enough dose anymore.  Warning light!!  I don’t want to increase to a higher dose because that seems like a slippery slope.  A more holistic approach can be a great place to turn to.  I’m going to start exploring more natural ways to catch some much-needed zeds and I’ll document my experimentation.

I do think sleeping pills have their place but I also worry they can be handed out in quite a cavalier manner.At present. I tend to take 3.5mg of zopiclone a couple of times a week.  I’m beginning to feel like that isn’t a strong enough dose anymore.  Warning light!!  I don’t want to increase to a higher dose because that seems like a slippery slope.  A more holistic approach can be a great place to turn to.  I’m going to start exploring more natural ways to catch some much-needed zeds and I’ll document my experimentation.

At present. I tend to take 3.5mg of zopiclone a couple of times a week.  I’m beginning to feel like that isn’t a strong enough dose anymore.  Warning light!!  I don’t want to increase to a higher dose because that seems like a slippery slope.

Medication Free Alternatives

A more holistic approach can be a great place to turn to.  I’m going to start exploring more natural ways to catch some much-needed zeds and I’ll document my experimentation.  Insomnia is horrid!

4 Comments

  • Reply February 27, 2017

    Keith

    Nicely written ( as always). Looking forward to reading about your findings on natural ways to help.

  • Reply July 15, 2017

    Jess @ Nora&Co

    My other half suffers terribly with insomnia and Zoplicone is his best friend at times. He has found that meditation has helped hugely!

    • Reply July 26, 2017

      Lu @ALifeOfLovely

      Zopiclone always leaves such a horrid taste in your mouth that stays the whole of the next day. Has he tried melatonin? I think it’s brilliant.

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