For those of you who read my post earlier in the week about my attack of insomnia, and the scary prevelance of insomnia in women, and phoned or sent me an email with hints, tips and dire warnings… thank you!
I’d like to share the wisdom of one of those wise friends here. Two main points.
1. Dont let the insomnia become a habit or an ‘addiction’. Once it becomes routine for your body to wake up at 3am, raring to go, it’s hard to crack. It’s times like these that we need that specific Plan to kick the habit. If it goes on for years, dear, you should have got help a loooong time ago – so go today!
2. Meditation works, especially guided meditation that has been recorded, and that you can plug in and listen to without much disturbance.
I am definitely going to get one of those guided meditations for the times when the insomnia attack hits, and will have to wrestle with my 15 year old to gain back control of my ipod… Will let you know how it goes in a future blog post (the meditation, not the wrestling
My take on this lack of sleep being a real women’s issue is this. It is one of the side effects of our lives as women who do too much. We take on so much, our brain is going a million miles an hour trying to process and remember all our busyness, and we get so keyed up that the rest and sleep we so desperately need just wont come. We get to the end of our day, and our bodies are just about dropping from exhaustion, yet our mind stays switched ‘on’, and we deprive ourselves of the rest we crave.
As women who do too much, we need to be constantly reminded to take our rest. To relax, restore, rejuvenate. Before it is too late.
By the way – my ‘attack’ has ended… I got a blissful nights sleep last night, and fully intend to do so again tonight… zzzzz