Oh gosh. I SO feel your pain. I didn't sleep for about
5 years. Maybe 2 hours a night like you. That's when I think the Lyme really started ravaging my body. If you can't sleep you can't heal. I had tried everything. So I went to my GP once who gave me 10 Extened release Ambien. I used the 10 in a month and they were magic!! The first night I woke up and thought, " great, here we go again!" But looked at the clock and it was 7 am. I hadn't budged all night. This was before I knew I had Lyme. And the GP wouldn't prescribe any more, which I understand.
When I was finally diagnosed in 2015 my LLMD put me on Clonazepam. I am totally crunchy so that was a HUGE step for me and I hate that I take take it.
BBuuuutt, I also feel it has helped me start to heal on this journey. My LLMD says it's the only thing that gets his patients to sleep and to stage 3&4 sleep. And I don't take that much and only for sleep. Last year, I wanted to to try to wean slowly off and the doc recommended 5-htp supplement which actually really helped! But I had to stop taking that because it interfered with the pain med I was taking. So that would be my go to sleep natural supplement if I wasn't taking the RX. Also you shouldn't take it if you're on an antidepressant. But I was amazed and it helped with depression too.
My heart really goes out to you. It's literally a waking nightmare when you can't sleep. The world stops and it's all you think about
and you can't function. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.
But it's not forever, and I have resigned myself to the fact that, yeah I have to take this right now, but I also eat well, am taking my herbs, detoxing, and trying to beat this beast. So if I can finally sleep than so be it. I can't, with everything else, beat myself up about
it. And when it's time to wean off I will cross that bridge.
I hope you find something that helps! And finally get to sleep!
Tick bite 1982
Stage 4 Endometriosis, 7 surgeries
"Occasionally weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have." -John Piper