More than six years after the onset of my insomnia experience I have finally gained some insight into my own condition, My personal insomnia has three components:
- Parasomnias – in children these are called Night Terrors, in some adults they may be restless legs, in my case I am often across the bedroom screaming loudly before I wake. This has been inherited from my dad.
- Sleep Paralysis – during REM sleep blood rushes to our brain where there is a lot of activity as the brain processes what has happened during the day etc. During REM sleep we have an on/off switch which stops us moving about because given the amount of activity we would thrash around etc. In my case, and 6% of the population the on/off switch is faulty. I remain paralysed as I wake up and in this state of paralysis I often have the sensation that someone is leaning over me, this is not uncommon for the condition. Cue more screaming!
- Hyper-arousal – that is difficulty switching my brain off from thoughts and worries. The specialist congratulated me on how I manage my condition, he said that ‘despite interference from the medical profession I had managed it extremely well.’ anti-depressants and Temazepam etc could never have worked because they are for another condition! The way forward? Mindfulness and calm (achieved through EFT and Hypnotherapy treating my Anxiety)