posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 10:25 AM
I too, suffered from insomnia for well over 20 years. It is awful. As we know, sleep is a basic human need -- it is not a luxury that some people have
mistakenly come to believe. So, I do know the intensity of the frustration ... not to mention the sheer exhaustion you suffer from. Lack of sleep,
especially over a long period of time, weakens the immune system. Even if you do not get frequent colds or flues, lack of sleep can allow cancer to
set in. Please understand, I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you to be aware, as this is what happened to me. It will catch up with you. Most
of the previous posts/suggestions here are great ... really good, helpful information, so I won't repeat what others have suggested. However, having
been in your situation, I believe, quite often, severe trauma = insomnia. I do think the posts/suggestions offered here will work AFTER you consider
the following. Here's the deal: I think you probably suffer from PTSD. I have severe PTSD (from a horrible childhood) and after many, many years of
taking sleep medications, going to sleep doctors, as well as sleep-disorder clinics, and so on and on, I realized my insomnia was directly linked to
the PTSD --- the traumas associated with the PTSD, and the traumas that caused the PTSD. You did mention you survived a traumatic event. While you
survived it physically, you may not have survived it on an emotional level. I think you might possibly be (on a sub-conscious level only) afraid and
fearful to fall asleep. You might be 'nightmaring' over the negative, traumatic event, and while you do not consciously remember the nightmares --
your subconscious does. If so, there's your answer. So, you might need to see an expert, a professional, one who specifically specializes in PTSD
therapy. They can help you 'recover' and work through the trauma. While you may never forget the trauma, you can learn to let go of the emotional
pain or fear. I believe if you treat the ROOT CAUSE of the insomnia, instead of just the symptom, you will meet with success. Give this some thought.
Good luck to you.