Good morning. :)
I haven't been blogging because I haven't been sleeping. Well. For the past six weeks, on most nights out of the week, I get into bed at 10 or so, I almost drift off, and then my brain clicks on. I finally fall asleep at about 2. Every night. Beau's alarm goes off at 5:50, so I get up. The same thing happens if I try to take a nap. This problem has plagued me on and off since Roman has been born. But in the past six weeks, it has become more the norm.
As you can imagine, and probably know from nights of sleeplessness yourself, this is a problem.
My brain gets going around 10:30 and despairs of never being able to sleep, never being able to take care of my family, never getting back to normal. Still trying to take my thoughts captive, I would attempt to grab these thoughts and give them to God, but my self-control got weaker and weaker as the sleepless nights dragged into weeks.
Enter Dr. Hansen. You can read about her fabulousness over at Brandy's blog. She is everything she is rumored to be. We have gone to her for a few years now. She has helped us through stubborn allergies, through viruses and bacterial infections, and through other bodily imbalances.
I scheduled an appointment for Roman, who is allergic to milk and to everything I was using in my laundry regimen. I ended up pouring out my woes to gentle and compassionate Doc Linda. She listened and began busily testing me for possible imbalances in my post-baby body.
In a nutshell, she found my estrogen/progesterone levels to be way out of balance, common for new and nursing mommies. She put me on two supplements to help my body produce progesterone, but when I came back days later, bleary-eyed and weepy, she put me on actual progesterone. She has me on a kitchen-tray-full of supplements and I am beginning to feel a little better. My sleep is still not normal, but as older, wiser women have told me, normal is subjective. Maybe my body only needs four hours of sleep a night (Yeah, right!, I think in my cloudy mind...but they might be right!)
So I have had many late-night hours with the Lord, reading and meditating. I have tried Benadryl, Sleepy Time Tea, yoga, lots of exercise, exposure to sun, counting sheep, prayer, beer. The problem persisted, but I am becoming more peaceful with the possibility that my body will not always work the way I want. I am trying to see what God is teaching me through what I think is a trial. Even after weeks of terrible sleep, my family has not fallen apart and I am functioning just fine, so my late-night fears are quite unfounded.
I am entering into Week Two of my supplement regimen and I am thankful for God's provision of Dr. Hansen and my husband. Babies do quite a number on one's body, but I am confident that this body will return to some semblance of normal at a point in the future.
Do you have any advice on how to relax one's brain and get to sleep?