The Insomnia Fix: How I cured my insomnia

Welcome to my new monthly series: The Insomnia Fix. I have quite a bit of experience with insomnia, having dealt with it earlier this year. If you suffer from insomnia or any form of sleep deprivation, I can totally sympathize.

It all started when I was in school. I have always been a night owl. I love nighttime, when the whole house is quiet. It’s so calming and peaceful. Because of this, I often found myself staying up reading or doing assignments late into the night. Occasionally, I would even stay up all night, or until an assignment was complete.

As you might imagine, this had a horrible affect on my sleep habits. Things were getting out of control. Either I would only sleep an hour or two, or I fell asleep at 4 o’clock AM, and slept until noon. My internal clock was completely off, probably from the all-nighters I pulled for my classes. It was similar to jet lag, when your body is set to a different time zone.

So, what did I do? I did what people do when they travel, I stayed up and adjusted to the correct time zone. One Friday night, I stayed up all night and all through the day Saturday, then went to bed at my new bedtime – 11:00 pm. It wasn’t fun for me, (or anyone around me ), but it worked. I’ll adjust this to 10:00 in the future, but for now was a huge improvement.

I also started a new bedtime routine. I turn off all electronics at 10:00, do 30 minutes of evening yin yoga, followed by 30 minute of meditation. For the first few nights, I used the herbal` supplement “valarian root” to promote relaxation, but was eventually able to fall asleep without it.

Closing thoughts

This was my experience with insomnia. It didn’t last too long, but, long enough to be a burden, not only to me, but my family as well. I was quite crabby and snapped at everyone, even my dog. Something had to be done. Though, what I did worked for me, it may not work for everyone.

In fact, this experience had such an impact on my life, that I wrote my graduate thesis on melatonin, also known as the sleep hormone. I discovered that it is so much more than a sleep hormone. I’ll be highlighting melatonin in a future Insomnia fix article.

I also decided to start this new series devoted entirely to insomnia, because of my own experiences, and the impact it had on my life. Throughout this series, we’ll delve deep into the types of insomnia, the root causes of insomnia, as well as cures, techniques and recipes designed to help cure this awful problem.

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

Tamara

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

6 thoughts on “The Insomnia Fix: How I cured my insomnia

  1. Wow! Perfect timing. I have been going through this exact thing recently. I have become so run down that I have a cold (something I never get) and feeling icky. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. I can’t wait to read all your posts about insomnia. I’ve suffered with it for years now. Years! I had similar night time habits you did when I was a teenager. I would come home from school in the afternoon and take a nap to compensate. Anyway, thanks for an insightful post and I’m looking forward to the whole series. Have a great weekend!

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