Have you ever tried to sink a volleyball in the sea? No matter how many times you jam it down underwater it pops right back up. In this video I share one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned – you’ll never be able to cure insomnia if you try to drown it under water. That is because insomnia is a symptom, not a disease. It is merely a manifestation of our poor health, therefore we must look for the underlying cause. Once the root cause is addressed insomnia will be resolved, kind of like the ball would sink once it is pierced.
I’ve spent thousands of dollars on supplements in order to treat my sleep disorder and it took me way too long to realize that treating symptoms is futile. In fact, I am sure that many times I made my condition much worse with supplements. You read some promising article, you order the supplement and you wait full excitement – “This is going to be it! This will be my cure!” It seemed like no matter what I tried I was experiencing paradoxical reactions. This was insanely frustrating. [click to continue…]
This blog should really have been called “A thousand hopeless days and thousand hopeless nights.”
Any serious insomniac will attest – not being able to sleep, walking around half dead the next day, counting minutes to get to bed but dreading you won’t be able to causes an immense amount of frustration, anger, and sadness. Lying there awake, starring at the ceiling when everyone else around is snoring deeply, you realize that another day from hell is coming and this is where hopelessness sets in, this is where you wonder whether you will ever survive this.
It is so easy to see how some people just give up and and jump off the bridge. There is no sense any more, the body feels totally spent and your mind is broken.
Sometimes I wonder that if I didn’t have my spiritual direction before all this mess started I don’t know whether I’d be alive or what sort of narcotic drugs I’d have to be [click to continue…]
In this video I share some peculiar facts and experiences that I’ve discovered over the years battling insomnia. You’ll learn about proper dosage, dependency dangers, best type to take for you (regular, sublingual or time release) and so on.
I had a good night sleep last night on melatonin… and probably five other supplements that I took. Interesting thing is that I usually have no clue what part of my night stack is working to help me sleep. Melatonin has been with me since my insomnia’s debut but I’ve learned over time that it’s not as harmless as you might think, unlike what you’ve being led to believe by some doctors or online resources.
The are three main issues I see with malatonin. First is that there is no clear agreement on what seems to be the correct dosage. Second issue is that for hardcore insomniacs it just doesn’t work, mainly because malatonin helps regulate the circadian rhythm but may not affect the quality of sleep itself. Third, you might have heard of melatonin being referred to as a “natural” hormone but I seriously question how natural it is [click to continue…]
If you haven’t been sleeping well for years, then you’re very familiar with this poison “sent from above” called Zolpidem (aka Ambien or Stilnox). Tt really comes in handy when the shit hits the fan and you desperately need to get some sleep, any sleep at any price. I probably would have lost my career multiple times if I didn’t use some of these sleeping meds like Zolpidem, Benzos or sedating antihistamines. They do, however, come with one hellish challenge – withdrawals. Everybody has different experiences with withdrawals, largely depending on how long one has taken the pills and at what dosage. The longer you go the more severe your withdrawals would be.
Luckily, I did quite a lot of research when I started taking Zolpidem so I knew that anything beyond one week is starting to create dependency, two weeks will produce mild withdraws, a month will certainly create nasty withdrawals and anything above will be guaranteed hell. Anything more than half a year pretty much guarantees [click to continue…]
5HTP vs. L-Tryptophan. If you’ve been dealing with insomnia for quite a while then you’ve read that these two heavy lifting supplements dominate the insomnia conversations in forums, supplement reviews and so on. Experiences with them seem to be all over the board and people react to them differently. But in general these supplements are helpful when you’re dealing with low serotonin levels. This is usually accompanied by depression. Serotonin is a happy hormone, so if you’re low you are feeling a bit blue, a bit sad and it could certainly be contributing to poor sleep patterns via a chain of events inside your body. How does this happen?
The Serotonin and Sleep Connection
You need adequate levels of serotonin to help you calm the mind and invite restful states before you go to bed. Your central nervous system (CNA) can be either activated or deactivated; be stimulated or inhibited. Serotonin plays an inhibitory role in your CNA. However, someone who’s done some serious night clubbing can attest that MDMA (ecstasy) which releases a massive store of serotonin is anything but inhibitory. The experience is very intense but what happens 2 to 3 hours later? You move into a chill room, right? The experience becomes very relaxing. As a footnote: if you have done your share of MDMA then keep in mind this could very much be affecting your serotonin levels, leading to insomnia and depression. [click to continue…]