A few weeks ago, around the time that we went to a festival, I wasn’t active for a while answering emails and reading blogs. This was because I had been suffering from insomnia since a few months. It sneaks in slowly and at a certain point you think: hey, I actually sleep very badly for months now. And suddenly you begin to feel a huge tiredness. So tired that I just got sick when I wanted to read blogs or a book or reply to emails and such.
How my insomnia started
I have no idea if many of you have ever been affected by insomnia, or maybe it is bothering you now. But I can tell you, it is slowly making you desperate. If you also suffer from insomnia, check carefully what the cause might be. Of course there are countless causes, as you can read here, but you can probably delete something. This way you can properly see what is the cause of you. Here is the link to the article in English.
I think it started with me when I started dieting. Or actually it’s not a diet, it’s a different way of eating. That’s because I was losing weight, and since I do a lot of working out, that’s not a good combination for me. Because of my illness it is wise not to be under weight. Under the guidance of a dietician I had started eating differently. Much more dairy and carbohydrates, and the right combination of food. For example dairy with fruit. Very funny, by the way, how food works together.
Food and insomnia
But after a few weeks I started to sleep worse. It took about two to three hours before I fell asleep. And in the morning when the alarm came off, I wasn’t really rested. After I had addressed this to the dietician, she immediately knew what it was about. In the evening before going to bed, I still took a bowl of quark with fruit. And this causes your body to work instead of going into a rest position. So, check your food habits if you have trouble sleeping.
Problem solved I thought. Just skip the quark late at night, and instead I could take some dark chocolate after dinner with the coffee! Haha, I love my dietician! That went well for a short time, I fell asleep a little faster but again not that fast. I never had any sleep problems, by the way. I do wake up at night from a hot flash, or more then one actually, but then I sleep on.
A night of 1,5 hour of sleep
The low point for me came in the festival weekend. Friday night I went to bed at midnight and at ten past six I still looked at the alarm clock. Then I fell asleep until a quarter to eight. And really didn’t sleep from twelve to six, not even for a few minutes. I was pretty desperate. In itself, I got through Saturday well, tired, but still able to enjoy the festival. Fortunately I slept very well some nights afterwards. But I was worried. It is just so terribly important for my body, with my illness, that I get enough rest. But it is important for everyone to sleep good. The Monday after the weekend, I immediately called the doctor and said that I wanted to have a blood sample to find out the cause of poor sleep.
Get your blood checked
Nothing came out of it. Everything was alright. I was in tears. Why? Because I had hoped that my thyroid values were not good and that made me sleep poorly. Then I could adjust my medication and the problem was solved. My thyroid gland no longer works. When I was in my early twenties I had a thyroid that worked too fast and after years of struggling with medication I finally got radioactive iodine. That worked but your thyroid gland will eventually stop working. That is not a problem because with a pill this is all solved. Of course it was nice that the values were all good, but now I had no cause for the insomnia. I immediately made an appointment with the doctor to talk about this.
And see your doctor
Together we could not find a real cause for my insomnia. It is probably the menopause that causes unrest in my body. I have been given sleeping pills for two weeks. And I am not saying that that is the solution. In fact, I am a big opponent of pills. But with this you can break the circle of bad sleep and let the body get used to falling asleep again. And do you know what’s so crazy? Since I have the pills at home I sleep well again! And I have not used one!
If you also suffer from insomnia then do something about it. Do not leave it too long, because it destroys you. Get blood samples, look at your eating habits and go to your doctor to talk about it. Not many sleepless nights are needed to make you feel down.
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