Hug for Tracy Maysmith, LMT
MASSAGE THERAPY IMPROVED MY SLEEP PROBLEMS
Insomnia has been termed the great undercover complaint of modern society.
It has triggered massive drug taking and trips to the psychiatrist.*
Aah, blessed relief.
But as they say, no rest for the wicked, and if no sleep is a sign of wickedness, I must be truly wicked (please—don’t go researching this statement—)
Sleep has eluded me for years. I would fall asleep and exactly two hours later be wide awake and alert, unable to return to sleep for several hours. I rarely slept moer than 4-5 hours a night. Sleep deprivation was a way of life. I was always tired.
I could understand it happening during the years I lead an extremely stressful life, on duty 24/7 for the Family Support Program and freelance newspaper coverage. Dealing with adults healing from childhood abuse. Suicidal persons. Family crisis meetings. Family Support Group meetings, trainings, etc. Walking through corn fields in the wee hours of the morning to cover a fire.
No wonder I had trouble sleeping then.
But what about after retirement from those activities? Life should be more restful. Or so I thought.
I acquired my seventh or eighth life focus—writing. I began a blog and a novel. No more of this stressful 24/7 lifestyle.
The sleep problem persisted.
I tried everything.
- Exercise is touted to be the solution
But my body mimics my personality contrariness. The more I exercise, the less I sleep. It doesn’t matter that I follow all the guidance—don’t exercise before bed, for example. Then one night I exercised before bed. And slept like a baby. But it didn’t last. No amount, type, or consistency of exercise helped me sleep. In fact, the more I exercised the less sleep I got.
- Slow down at night. I slowed down. Relaxed after 8:30 p. m.. Had a cup of tea. Watched a favorite program or read an interesting magazine or novel.
Still, no sleep.
- In desperation I went for a sleep apnea study, after which I tried to sleep with the mask that enabled my body to absorb more oxygen during sleep.
It was uncomfortable. I found it not only didn’t help my sleeplessness, it magnified it. If I could sleep, I still woke after two hours, or often less. No change there.
I gave it up. I have no intention of (more…)