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    Jennifer33
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi, my name is Jennifer and I’ve been struggling with sleep for as long as I can remember. I’ve been off all sleep meds for a year now, but still struggle almost every day. My energy is low, I have headaches, anxiety, brain fog, and physical stress. I find it hard to live my life.

    Sleep supplements tend to have the opposite effect on me keeping me wide awake all night. I’ve recently purchased and Oura ring to track my sleep. It usually says I had optimal rest but I still feel awful. I fall asleep quickly, but wake up a lot throughout the night. I don’t have a lot of REM sleep and I think my light sleep is very light because even with 8 hours I don’t feel rested at all. I have a few days here and there where I feel good and am hopeful things are turning around, but then I go right back to being in pain and exhausted. I keep going to work everyday, but I don’t have any enjoyment and am not reaching my full potential because of how I feel. I don’t make plans with friends for this same reason.

    I’ve been working with an alternative medicine doctor and have done every test available for my hormones, minerals, gut health, neurotransmitters, etc. There are things in addressing to have my body more in balance, but I can sleep good sometimes so I know I’m capable of doing it. I would love to be able to do it more nights than not. 2-3 a week just isn’t cutting it. Coffee makes me feel worse and I’m not sure if others struggle with tension headaches after a bad night of rest.

    Hoping to find answers here. Thank you.

    #41134

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Congratulations on getting off the sleep meds, Jennifer!

    Quite often, how we feel during the day is influenced far more by what we do during the day (and what happens to us during the day) than how we have slept.

    It’s good to hear that you are still going to work every day — other than that, are you doing anything else during the week? Things that are important to you, things that help enrich your life, bring you some joy, and help you live your life according to your values?

    The content of this post is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, disorder, or medical condition. It should never replace any advice given to you by your physician or any other licensed healthcare provider. Insomnia Coach LLC offers coaching services only and does not provide therapy, counseling, medical advice, or medical treatment. All content is provided “as is” and without warranties, either express or implied.
    #41867

    Jennifer33
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Martin,

    Thank you for the reply. I walk every morning for 20 minutes. I used to exercise more, but found too much will disrupt sleep. I’m usually just trying to get things done around the house, make meals, etc.

    I do play some guitar which I love, but would like to learn more and find it difficult due to exhaustion. I did go out a couple times this week because it was my boyfriends birthday and had dinner with a family member last night. Typically, I’d say I don’t do much throughout the week though for fun.

    #41881

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! It definitely sounds as though you have many opportunities to improve how you feel during the day — perhaps pursuing those will help you feel better during the day and you might, in turn, put a bit less pressure on yourself to sleep?

    The content of this post is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, disorder, or medical condition. It should never replace any advice given to you by your physician or any other licensed healthcare provider. Insomnia Coach LLC offers coaching services only and does not provide therapy, counseling, medical advice, or medical treatment. All content is provided “as is” and without warranties, either express or implied.
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