Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Perchance to...

"If there's any illness for which people offer many remedies, you may be sure that particular illness is incurable..." -Leonid Andreyevitch Gaev, in Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, 1916.

"Try a little hot milk"... "A shot of whiskey does it for me every time"... "Stop worrying so much" ... "Counting down from 100 works.".. "have you heard of melatonin?" ... "Take GABA" ..."Marijuana helps me" "definitely DO NOT try counting" "Don't eat anything before bed" "Sleeping pills work great" "Sleeping pills don't do anything" You just need self-disclipline" "It has nothing to do with what you do, it's a problem with your brain" "Exercise at least a half an hour each day" "try Valerian" "just try to relax"

The problem is, insomnia is not only an illness that stands alone in its own right, but also is a symptom for dozens of other underlying issues, and is also caused by certain lifestyle choices,
so what works for Tom isn't necessarily going to work for Bobby or Susan.

Now that the Ulcerative Colitis is mostly under control, and the migraines are managed with pain medication, the next thing to try to fix is the insomnia. Wish me luck.

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