Brenda lay in bed, staring at the ceiling for what felt like the hundredth night in a row. Sleep was elusive, always lipping through her fingers like sand.
It seemed like months since she had experienced a truly restful night. And the exhaustion, piling higher every day, was begininng to take its toll.
As a 31-year-old database administrator for a regional bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brenda’s job had always come with a certain level of stress. Managing databases, ensuring the security of sensitive information, and troubleshooting technical issues were all part of her daily routine.
But lately, the pressure seemed to be mounting, and it was beginning to affect her sleep.
Is YOUR Story Anything Like This?
What you just read above is the beginning of my story, and you can read the rest of it on my about page.
But here’s the TL;DR for you: Insomnia is scary stuff. Even deadly, if you don’t get answers quickly.
I began reaching out for help when I could not keep my focus at work. I’d made a few mistakes that were noticed by my boss and, if you know the banking business, you only get so many strikes before you’re out.
My job pays well, and that covered a hefty mortgage and my car lease. The stakes were high. I
Here’s What You’re Going to Learn Here
One: Primary Care doctors are as lost as you are. It turns out that there’s a few dramatically different forms of insomnia.
If your doc pulls up a checklist of questions, start praying. Because most of us go through 2 or 3 bad diagnoses before we we can even plan a treatment that fits. Meanwhile, you’re getting more and more drained. Waiting for appointments that have to be booked 2-6 months out into the future.
I’m not a doctor, but I’m going to help you understand how to interact with them for a quicker solution. I’ll also give you a list of everything that I used to beat sleeplessness – some are changes to your routine, so be prepared to try new things!
Finally, I want to say the most important thing. DO NOT JUST WAIT FOR INSOMNIA TO PASS.
It wrecks careers, relationships, (even) vehicles! It took me two years to fully recover from it, and I don’t even like talking about what the lowest days were like.
My Mom still asks me how I’m sleeping at least once a week. You don’t want to do to your loved ones what this did to my family.
Three Sections to Get Better Sleep
Each of the three sections below will move you forward. I know that half of you will skip over the symptoms and diagnosis part. It’s human nature.
But, remember what I told you about working with doctors. There’s no blood text or MRI that tells you which type of insomnia is coming after you. You will need to be uber prepared for that first appointment. In fact, you’ll learn enough in Section 1 to even decide if an appointment is necessary.
Section 2 is all about sleep regimen. It’s what your day is like and how you schedule it. Also, what are the hours like before your head hits the pillow?
To let the cat out of the bag, this is the section that ended my insomnia. It’s life-changing… that is, if you really want to change your life.
Either way, you want a diagnosis by the end of Section 2. An accurate one, because Section 3 is all about using that diagnosis within a complicated medical system.
This is the perfect time to get started.