The new GP last week said to me, rather obviously I thought, you need to get more sleep. And then prescribed Circadin – a hormone called melatonin that your body naturally produces when you’re asleep. The theory being, supplementation tricks your body into going to sleep.
Well, in the last week I don’t think my insomnia could be any worse! The tablet makes me drowsy and I nod off quicker but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about it. I’m finding I wake up very early morning now – around 1-1:30 and can’t get back to sleep (it’s currently 3:15am) for a while. I usually need to visit the loo where as before I could last till morning and I also am feeling hungry when I wake up with a slight headache.
When it really bothers me is when I have things to do – like tomorrow, hey it’s my birthday – and now I’m fairly sure to start the day already knackered. Or when the racing thoughts begin and I spend the night with my devils nipping at my mind. It really is unfair. I’ll keep taking the Circadin for another week and see if this continues. This week has been one of mental exertion too and lots of ‘stuff’ on my mind, so perhaps that’s the cause. I read somewhere recently (probably on one of your blogs) that insomnia is not a primary cause of lack of sleep; insomnia is not the thing that stops you sleeping; insomnia is a secondary symptom to another cause like stress, illness, hormonal imbalance, disease.
Bah! That’s all I can say. One moment at a time. I just wish I wasn’t awake for this one.