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    Default Options for insomnia

    My husband's cousin's wife (who is in her early 30s) has been suffering with extreme insomnia for about 4 weeks now. She posted at FB a couple of hours ago that she has had 6 hours of sleep in the past 5 days. She is beginning to be desperate. Says even the strongest meds they have given her have not worked. They don't have little kids who are causing this, her kids are 12 & 6 now.

    I might see her this PM (going to be in her area for Superbowl). If so i may do some (massage type) body work on her, also possibly walk her thru some EFT. Any other suggestions? Now that she has exhausted conventional medicine, she might be willing to try other things.

    (And as i have a migraine today, you can send up prayers & good thoughts for me, too. Thanks)

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    Default Re: Options for insomnia

    First, feel better Katee
    With a sudden onset in last 4 weeks I would go looking for cause. What did she change/do/have happen right before insomnia started?

    4 weeks would be right after New Years-did she start a diet? Look for diet supplements with caffeine or guarana, artificial sweeteners, or herbal supplements from China contaminated with pseudophedrine.

    Energy drinks?

    Any new medications for sinus? Surgery? Fall? Virus or infection?
    Change in diet? Signs of early menopause?

    Any other symptoms that might help such as sudden migraine with insomnia, GI problems, etc.
    could be gluten related; hot flashes might be hormonal, etc.

    Right now good detective work is necessary.

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    Default Re: Options for insomnia

    Pretty much everything Reesacat says, it what I would say as well, spot on.

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    Default Re: Options for insomnia

    I would add to Reesacat's comments that she should not be using a computer, ebook reader, etc before going to bed as the light emitted from the screen can be cause of difficulty getting to sleep. Also no exercise, strenuous or other stimulating activity before going to bed.

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    I've found that any source of stimulation can delay my falling asleep. I no longer watch movies close to bedtime. That said, the light from the computer screen can be subdued in tandem with the time of day. I found it a bit disconcerting the first night but have grown to love it. Easy to download, you can quit if you really dislike it, but I find it soothing as I get closer to bedtime. http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

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    Default Re: Options for insomnia

    Forgot-steroids (for asthma, sinus inflammation, etc.) can really give you insomnia.

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