Insomnia is terrible. It's good that you've done some research. I would stay away from more medication for the moment. It's unlikely a doctor will prescribe cannabis unless they go through the whole medical gambit with you, monitor progress, remedies etc. Even after that, a prescription might be a little hard to come by so here are a few others things to try.
I noticed you mentioned that this started 3 and a half months ago. If you can think back, was there anything that you might have done that could have had an effect on your sleeping habits. Changes in your environment, living patterns, activities, stress, etc. Anything at all, even if it might seem trivial. If you can find a cause, even if it might not be present now, it will be very helpful.
You've probably read about the bodies circadian rhythms. This excerpt is taken from wikipedia.
"To maintain a 24-hour day/night cycle, the biological clock needs regular environmental time cues or Zeitgebers, e.g., sunrise, sunset, and daily routine. Time cues keep the normal human circadian clock aligned with the rest of the world. Non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome and other persistent circadian rhythm sleep disorders are believed to be caused by an inadequate ability to reset the sleep/wake cycle in response to environmental time cues. These individuals' circadian clocks might have an unusually long cycle, and/or might not be sensitive enough to time cues. People with DSPS, more common than Non-24, do entrain to nature's 24 hours, but are unable to sleep and awaken at socially preferred times, sleeping instead, for example, from 4 a.m. to noon. According to doctors Cataletto and Hertz at WebMD, "Altered or disrupted sensitivity to zeitgebers is probably the most common cause of circadian rhythm disorder.""
It sounds like you may have screwed up your sleep cycle by now. Some behavioural therapies that have had some success work with a kind of resetting of the sleep rhythms/circadian rhythms.
One technique SLEEP RESTRICTION. A technique that starts with a person only being allowed to get a few hours sleep a night; over time the hours of sleep are increased until a more normal night's sleep is achieved. This technique is designed to limit the hours that one spends in bed unable to sleep and helps re-associate the bedroom with sleeping, instead of the frustration of insomnia.
You might also consider, either in joint therapy with the above, cutting out television after the mid afternoon. I know that it's like saying go without food. But watching television can be quite stressful for both the brain and the eyes, rather than the relaxing associations we've come to pair with it.
Another thing is to try and increase your exposure to sunlight in the morning. A kind of message to the circadian clock that you're actually awake and doing things.
What about your room. Is it dark enough when you sleep? Warm enough? I'm not sure if you meant you had to get up a six in order to go to work or school. Around five or six it starts getting light, so heavy curtains that can allow you to sleep through the cue/zeitgeberg* of light might be a good idea if your lifestyle doesn't require getting up early. Also do you do/have you done any work while on/in your bed, i.e working on a laptop etc. Studies have been done which suggest that performing activities in a space that should only be a "sleeping place" can impair your quality of sleep and ability to get to sleep.
I would go and see your gp soon if you can, it might save you trouble later on.
· 9 years ago