My Top 10 Tips for Healing Insomnia

IMG_1004Does fibromyalgia cause insomnia or does insomnia cause fibromyalgia?  I do not have a definitive answer.

I do know that insomnia took hold of my life for seven years, letting go of its grip in small bursts, but now limiting itself (thankfully) to occasional very short bouts.

My Top 10 Tips for Healing Insomnia are:

  • Limit caffeine, sugar and alcohol in your diet,
  • Avoid exercising in the evening,
  • Avoid watching television right before bedtime, especially the news!
  • Keep to a regular bedtime,
  • Epsom salt baths are magnesium rich and aid restful sleep.  Magnesium supplements also help,
  • Keep you bedroom free of clutter, including books, excess furniture, clothes lying on the floor…
  • Keep electronic equipment out of the bedroom  – no televisions, computers, mobile phones…
  • Decorate your bedroom in restful colours – if in doubt use pastels,
  • Invest in a good quality bed, use hypoallergenic bedding, washed in environmentally friendly products,
  • Keep a journal by your bed side and write down anything that worries you or things you want to remember,
  • Give thanks for all the good things that happened in your day – no matter how small they might seem.

If life is not going so well for me, I remind myself that:

“This too shall pass.”

Natural Medicines have aided me enormously, including Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Creative Visualisation, Reflexology, Dr Bach Flower Essences, Emotional Freedom Technique…

Brigid P. Gallagher

Memoir: “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is available from Amazon and all good online book stores.

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71 thoughts on “My Top 10 Tips for Healing Insomnia

  1. I have to admit, I’m going through a bit of a bad phase work wise but I am sleeping well only because I know this isn’t going to stay for long, this phase will pass by and there will be a day I will laugh about this. My father’s advice to me get over bad phases is to ask, in 10 years will this really matter? I haven’t faced anything yet, the answer to which is yes…

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  2. I have suffered on and off with insomnia for a long time. Currently, I wake up very early in the morning, maybe one or 2 AM and can’t fall back asleep. I have found that it’s a good time to start working on blogs or doing research. The majority of my blogs I write on my phone, so it’s pretty easy to grab it in the middle the night and not take the chance of waking anyone up.

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  3. Many years ago I chose to not talk on the phone or be on the computer after a certain time in the evening. I think your tips are great. It is worth thinking about how to unwind from the day before you get in bed to go to sleep. I notice a difference when I break from my unwinding routine.

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  4. I am reading this post for the second time and I find many suffer from this insomnia.
    The tips given are heavenly and if done as said one shall I have sleep; that should be heavenly.
    Thanks Brigid!
    I am going for my Sunday nap, hope it is heavenly, as meanwhile I shall remember your tips.

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  5. Hi – just a little tip – some people really thrive after doing a series of cleanses (whole body – not just colon) and then supplement with enzymes and amino acids.
    Also – the epsom salt baths are amazing for detox and calming, but would suggest checking out magnesium chloride as it is more absorbable and really helps certain people with a variety of ailments.
    And source naturals makes a mineral blend that helps with kreb’s cycle and then while cleaning out the GI many folks take orthinine and it helps sleep.
    I like your tips – but add that root causes need to be addressed and in my experience of working with folks – most of the time sleep is disrupted from an imbalance inside the different systems – and enzymes and minerals and some vitamins are key.
    Oh and kelp or any thyroid support is key!
    Also suggest a good liver support for NAC and ALA
    Peace – 😉

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  6. Yes, I have insomnia, too. I think just about everyone I know with fibromyalgia, has insomnia, too. I have to have my electronic devices in my room because well, that’s where I live. all day, every day, unless I have an appointment to go to, and I have a minimum of 2 in any given week. But, what I have found to be working, since I decided to go ahead and do what my 2 therapist’s have been telling me to do for quite some time now, and that is to get out of the bed. I cannot stay in bed all day, even though it’s the most comfortable place to sit. I have a Tempurpedic bed and I can’t help it, it’s so much more comfortable than my recliner in here. Anyway, I did this for a week and it worked great and I was sleeping like a baby. I would get up, shower, put clean clothes on, brush teeth, and all that, make the bed and stay out of it all day. I just moved right next to the bed to the recliner. My therapist’s kept telling me that I wasn’t sleeping because my body doesn’t know the bed is for sleeping and one other activity only. They were so correct. I then got depressed and that ended, but I’m going to try to get back to doing that this week. 🙂

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  7. I would like to add that I use magnesium lotion. Like the Epsom salts, the magnesium soaks into the skin. But with the lotion, I put it on specific places/muscle areas that are sore. You don’t put it on your whole body and a little goes a long way. It relaxes me enough that I get to sleep faster and aren’t up as often in the middle of the night. I sleep better. It wasn’t very expensive. I got the Life-Flo brand, 8 ounces for $7. On Amazon, it’s $10. There is also a spray available. I buy it at Natural Grocer, so I would assume it’s at Whole Foods or many natural foods or supplements store. You have a nice blog! Thanks!

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  8. Thanks for using the word ‘Heal’ rather than ‘Help’ in your title, so much more powerful! My psychologist husband uses this phrase: ‘positive reframing’ with clients and it ties in with your last two points on being grateful and knowing the tough times will pass. I believe it is mostly our heads that keep us awake rather than our bodies and in that case it is so good to capture those whirling thoughts and look at them with positive eyes, to identify the good and tell the bad to go packing. I have been struggling with some insomnia (a few hours some nights a week) and it’s always anxiety that keeps me awake. Once I ask myself what it is I am afraid of, identify it, put it on a mental shelf and then find a good thing to replace it, I fall asleep! Why is it everything seems worse at night?!?

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  9. Hi, my friend Nikki at Flying Thru Water told me about your blog and thought I should pay you a visit. I’m glad I did. I battled with insomnia for about 15 years before I found out that I have severe sleep apnea. Around that same time I was also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Now that I wear a CPAP at night I sleep better but still have a sleepless night now and then, mostly due to pain. I will try to remember these tips and looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

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