My sleeping issues started when I developed fibromyalgia. At the worst point, I was only able to sleep every other night for months. It took me about 2 years of healing to be completely free of insomnia, anxiety and depression, and here are the 5 things that helped me the most.
Two years into my fight against fibromyalgia, I made huge improvements with my overall health. I wrote all about my healing journey up to 2014 in my previous blog post Fibromyalgia Cure: How I Beat Severe Chronic Pain Using Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Those years were extremely stressful, as I dealt with a whirlwind of issues in life – some I mentioned briefly in my previous post as well. However, as I was feeling better physically, I went back to my IT career part-time in September 2014, most days working from home, hoping to still keep up with my healing of the remainder symptoms of fibromyalgia. My experience of the 10 months part-time work proved that my health was not ready: my poor sleep due to Fibromyalgia during this time blew up into a full-fledged insomnia that for months I was only able to sleep every other night. Compounding with the stress of not able to perform at my pre-fibromyalgia abilities, I was experiencing frequent anxiety attacks. Eventually, the psychologist and sleep specialist I was seeing diagnosed my insomnia as caused by general anxiety and depression.