Chances are good that it’s the middle of the night and you are up pacing the floor, feeling as if you just drank 8 pots of coffee, and watching the glaring red glow of your bedside clock count down the hours until you have to be at work, knowing you’re going in with no sleep.
You might even be glancing at the male in your life snoring peacefully and wishing you could slam him in the head for being able to sleep easily while it comes so hard for you.
You aren’t alone.
It seems that sleep is elusive to most women especially at certain times in our lives. When we are in our 20’s and 30’s we seem to be plagued by insomnia 2 or 3 nights before our periods and by the time we reach our 40’s those 2 or 3 nights have now become weeks. For some of us, sleep seems forever elusive. Some of us may feel we are going insane from lack of sleep.
I have lived this nightmare. I have watched throughout my life as my mother and sisters have struggled with insomnia. I have gone sometimes 3-4 nights with absolutely no sleep and fought to behave normally in the days that followed. I have seen insomnia threaten to destroy my life. I have seen it play havoc on my immune system, my health, and my weight. NO ONE can live a good life when they can’t sleep.
It seems that this insomnia is definitely related to our hormones. The big question is how do we fix it?
Does it seem to you that there really isn’t that much useful information out there for us ladies? It seems to me that there are websites and television shows abound telling me the same information that has not worked for the last 40 years. Going to bed and getting up at the same time does me absolutely no good when I am in the grip of my hormonal insomnia. I can take a sleeping pill and still stay up all night long, vibrating off the walls, and then still stay up the preceding day and night, and no one seems to really address the fact that this goes on.
I worked as a medical transcriptionist and listened to doctors skirting over the fact that women cannot sleep, prescribing sleeping pills and no real answers, over and over!!
I am no doctor but I am an experienced insomniac with a biology degree and background who is determined to reclaim my life. I am willing to fight for my sleep and I plan to share my findings.
I would really love to hear what questions you might have about your insomnia. What would you like to know? Please leave your thoughts in the comments. What insomnia issues do you feel need to be addressed? I plan on doing extensive research on the subject and will do my best to answer your questions. I will be posting every Monday at 8:00 AM Central time.
Now go get some sleep ladies…