I'm so sorry for my late response to your post.
I have 6 months on the protocol and I too have serious problems sleeping. Insomnia causes other problems like fatigue, memory issues, depression and countless other problems. I know it is one of the most important sum of the parts but I still have problems sleeping. Many of us with Morgellons following this protocol also have Lyme disease and insomnia is a symptom of Lyme disease though I've struggled with insomnia off and on throughout my life. Knowing I need to sleep and not being able to sleep was giving me cause to worry and be anxious because I am following this protocol like a warrior in battle. Worrying and being stressed is not good for those of us fighting this battle to win.
I spoke to Mel early in following the protocol and he told me to email John from our Logos Nutritionals supplements. I had tried the Logos products Anxietame and Sleep Advance to no avail, though they work for many protocol followers. You might want to give them a try. John's email back to me basically said that some sleep problems required medical intervention and that I needed to follow medical advice. My doctor wanted to give me prescription sleeping pills which I refused as I felt my all natural approach to healing using foods and supplements was the best approach for me to get well. Again, that is just my decision and not the choice of others following the protocol.
I am slowly beginning to sleep more. This is my pilgrimage towards sleeping better. Maybe it will help you too.
Keep a consistent sleep routine even when you can't sleep. For example, my bedtime is around 9 or 10:00pm so I make sure that I have straightened my house, taken my shower or bath, put my pajamas, dimmed all the lights in the house and turned off the TV. A bath with Epsom salt contains magnesium which is a known property that to help with sleep. Magnesium is also found in our nighttime supplements MSM, Magnifical and MagnifiZyme. I try to make my environment conducive to sleep or at least restfulness.
I go to bed but if I cannot sleep I get out of bed because the longer I lie there the more anxious I get. I read my Bible, another good book, pray, journal... anything that I can do that keeps me in that peaceful, restful
non anxious state. I do not turn on the TV or all the lights in the house as I am trying to eventually return to my normal much needed sleep pattern.
I sleep when I can. If I can finally go to sleep at 3 or 4:00am in the morning, I do. I turn my phone off so that I can sleep until I wake up on my own. I know that not everyone can do this but I do not work so I am able to. I am also able to take a nap in the daytime if I am able although this doesn't happen very often. I still have a son in high school at home but he gets himself up and out to school so I don't have to get up with him like I did when my kids were younger. He works after school so that also gives me more free time during the day. That helps. I know some of us have younger children so they would have to customize their quest for sleep in a way that works better for them.
I walk almost everyday for as long as I feel like it, I also use my rebounder everyday that I learned about from the folks on this website. I have a membership at a gym but until recently I was too weak to workout there. Exercise has always been important to me and has been an integral part of my life and I did not want to get out of the habit of going to the gym. I continue to go to the gym but I swim instead of doing other the other types of aerobics I used to do. I use the sauna and whirlpool and they feel wonderful. Initially, tons of the little sand type granules and fibers came out of my body during the sauna which was a real incentive for me to continue going. It also made me tired. It feels good to get out of the house and do things so that at the end of the day I have kept up my normal routine. Routine is important.
The good news for me is that I am getting better. Importantly, many of my Morgellons symptoms have disappeared and I am starting to sleep more. Just in the last couple of weeks I have actually gone to sleep around 11:00pm or 12:00am and slept a good 6,7 or 8 hours. I know that sounds horrible to some people but it is a beautiful thing to me. I think I am going to win this war!
God bless you Hannah. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.
Hello Hannah and Welcome,
Let me first direct you to our FAQ's which I might suggest that you print out where you will find the answer to your first two questions.
Sleep is one of the most important parts of the sum of the parts, and I might add that putting "the sum of the parts" in the search engine is a good idea. Lastly, for today, if you are willing to read here, you will find all the answers.
Please keep us posted on your progress.
God Bless...those who do not give up hope get well.
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