Why is it that it's so common in people with epilepsy? I have chronic insomnia. I get really anxious when I see daylight and start hearing the birds wake up. I have pretty much tried everything that has been suggested
What is Sleepy from lush? I had 1 1/2 hrs this morning. Around 6am to7.30 I do have mindfulness colouring books. I just forget about them. They do annoy me though. I do tend to eat at very strange times!
I know that a lot of people mainly older ones have little lavender pillow sacks and put it under pillows while they sleep. i probably won't try cream as I am very sensitive and allergic to many things. Maybe I could burn some oil. Thanks to everyone for the advice. Maybe I could do all these suggestions with a positive outlook because I tend to look at things very negatively
@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member It is more frequent in epilepsy or anything else which makes a person consciously or subconsciously worrying about it (i.e. later stage diabetes, early stage--after diagnosed--dementia, cancer, etc.). If you can calm your brain and get it to shut down from thinking, then you are going to have a hard time getting to sleep. Depending upon the level of control of your seizures and your stress level, you can have epilepsy and have no problem with insomnia. The fact that epilepsy is currently incurable and most of us are destined to remain on medications for it for the rest of our lives tends to increase stress (which can be a major obstacle to getting to sleep). Of course, there are others who are being kept up not by stress than by the fact that they cannot stop thinking on. I have had too many of those nights where I am having a good stress day but it is actually that I am making a breakthrough in solving a problem or being too excited because something really special is upcoming (as a kid it was Christmas for example).
I color mandalas before going to bed. They are adult coloring books. I color at least an hour until I wind down.
It also gives you pretty pictures to look at and think peaceful thoughts.
Here is the wide link from the National Library of Medicine on the Insomnias:
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