Guys and Gals,
I need a hand. For two weeks I have been dealing with pretty bad insomnia that came on out of nowhere. Its never really happened to me before, certainly not like this. I cant believe how much lack of sleep can effect someone.
The difference in mood and focus is intense. Its not fun feeling like a Zombie.
Im in the process of ruling out medical causes, but I still have to look at the possibility of apnea.(Otherwise, the docs say Im healthy as the proverbial horse).
Im also a shift worker who alternates between three shifts every week(1week days,1 week nights, 1 week afternoons then back again)! Yes, its nuts and I think the years of doing it may be catching up to me. My blood pressure and pulse are elevated, something they cant explain any other way because of my level of conditioning and healthy diet.
Im fanatical about my health and this whole episode has caused me great stress.
To make matters worse, I think I have managed to reinforce an anxiety loop with bedtime and Im seeing it as a struggle every night whereas I never thought about it before.
ZMA isnt helping much and melatonin does nothing(in fact, I suspect the 3mg dose made it worse). Ive been using Lunesta which usually only puts me out for 2-3 hours. I tried Ambien once and hated the way it made me feel. It has since gone down the toilet. Generally, I am resisting the drug route the docs keep suggesting because I know it is not curing my problem.
Im pretty intense and type A but not over the top. I havent experienced any major stressors that I can point to, other than my sleep getting jacked up in the first place!
Basically, Im open to suggestions and would greatly appreciate any experiences
or remedies that anyone else may have.