Judging by the comments I had last week lots of you suffer from insomnia or occasional sleepless nights. I wanted to let you know what I've been trying this week to get a better night's sleep, including getting a map of my brain waves.
But first, I want to apologize for not getting back to everyone who visited, and for not visiting anybody last week.
In order to try and help my insomnia, I've stopped using my laptop after dinner; this has seriously cut into my blogging/visiting blogs time. And I was gone almost every day this past week, three days where I had no internet access. Anyway, I promise to catch up with you all at some point, and thank you for your visits here . . .
|Still making washcloths . . . hope to "graduate" to socks one of these days . . .|
So, a friend told me about an advertisement for a company called Brain Life Center. There are franchises around the country if you want to look them up. I paid half price for a map of my brain waves ($75 versus $150) because I mentioned the advertisement.
I was hooked up to sensors on my skull and then asked, variously, to read a selection to myself, answer simple math questions, close my eyes and just let my mind drift, and listen to a story and answer a question. This all took about 45 minutes. I then watched a video about the science behind the technology while a technician analyzed the results. She called me in and went over the data with me.
Basically, I was told that the left and right sides of my brain weren't communicating well with each other (I think everyone is probably told this), and that I was dealing with insomnia and anxiety. I could come in seven times in a 10-day period to listen to my "optimized" brain waves played back to me. Then I would listen to them at home several times and go back into the clinic for one more session. (I think I have that right.)
Anyway, the total cost was around $2,000. They boast a 91% success rate for insomnia. (They treat other conditions as well with this therapy, including pain and addictions.)
Well, I'm not sure why, but I felt skeptical of the whole thing. This technology has been featured on major news outlets like Fox and ABC, and has been endorsed by a neurosurgeon at Wake Forest where it is being studied. Perhaps the technician I talked to was new, but I had a lot of questions she didn't seem to know how to answer. Like, what does "success" mean? I'll fall asleep in one and a half hours versus three? I'll sleep three nights out of the week rather than just one?
If I knew it meant I would fall asleep every night within a half hour, and sleep well every night, I would seriously consider it, even at that price. But I had too many questions and frankly, for some reason, just didn't feel right about it. I'm keeping it on the back burner, though, and may have another look at it if I have no luck with trying other things.
So, I'm down to just one cup of coffee a day, and plan to totally wean off this week. I will probably drink a cup of decaf coffee in the morning, and then switch to herbal tea.
I'm taking a bath at night with Epsom salts (the magnesium is supposed to promote sleep), and taking a little magnesium powder in warm water before bed. And, no computer after dinner. I felt like things were a little better this week (still taking about two hours to fall asleep, though), but then last night I couldn't fall asleep until 4:30 a.m.! Can't figure out what that was all about. Didn't feel particularly anxious or stressed.
Do you mean I'm giving up my coffee and computer for NOTHING!?!?
|I've been prepping cabinet doors for painting at my daughter's soon-to-be home.|
I also signed up this week for a program called SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet). It is an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program to help with insomnia. It goes for 16 weeks and cost $135. So far, I've just read some introductory materials and been keeping a sleep diary. I'm not sure I'm going to learn a lot here that I haven't already tried.
I guess I sound kind of discouraged. I'll try to stay positive and believe things will work out well! After all, I've been on sleep medication for close to eight years, and only off it for less than a month.
I've also talked with my doctor and am going to go off some other medication I take that may be contributing to the insomnia.
Well, that's my story this week, friends. Life is good, with lots of good things happening. And I'm grateful that I have options to explore, and that the Lord is with me whether I'm waking or (not) sleeping.
Linking to No Place Like Home.
Linking to No Place Like Home.