Hey there guys!
I’m not completely sure if anyone actually reads my blog posts, but I wanted to talk about my issue anyway as I think a lot of people struggle with the same problem.
Since I was 11 years old, sleeping has never been great for me. I mean, I can sleep, but it’s more the falling asleep part I have an issue with.
When I first started not being able to fall asleep, I would cry and freak out because I would have school the next day and I didn’t particularly want to be tired (keeping in mind, I was in year 6 and I WAS very much a “goody two shoes”).
When I was 12, I’d still get that stressed out feeling of being tired the whole day at school and I cried most of the times I didn’t fall asleep before a certain time. Everyone would recommend camomile tea or reading before I’d go to bed. The problem with that is, I already was reading because I love love love to read (and still do) and so I already knew that it wouldn’t help me fall asleep faster. I gave the tea a chance. Nothing.
When I was 13, my sleeping issues continued and so did that stressful feeling of not being able to fall asleep, but I had stopped crying about it. My Mum decided to take me to a doctor, who I assume she paid for. The doctor was a very nice lady who gave me a sheet of things to try doing before bed. So, I obviously tried every single thing on the list for ages and still, nothing.
When I was 14, I stopped caring and realised that this was how it was going to be and I would just have to deal with it. My Mum would ask me how I slept and I told her the time I went to sleep and as any parent would, she blamed it on technology and said that if I wasn’t on my phone so late, I’d actually go to sleep earlier. My problem with that, was 1. I didn’t have much to do with technology when I was 11, which is when the sleeping issues began and 2. It was an assumption she made and it was wrong. I hadn’t been going on my phone late, I make myself get off of it and lay in the dark for 1-2 hours trying to fall asleep.
I am 15 turning 16 very soon and still, I have quite some trouble falling to sleep. Before 2018, my Step Mum decided it was time to get me some more help because clearly the other doctors suggestions did not work. She took me to a doctor near by, he asked me all sorts of personal questions and I didn’t mind answering them. He went through a bunch of things with me and decided to try me on melatonin and not just the one you can grab off of a shelf, the higher dosage one that you need to get made and have a prescription for.
I’m still currently on melatonin and I find that it definitely works. I’ve been getting at least 8 hours or more of sleep and I’m a whole lot calmer now. I handle things greatly and I’m hardly ever moody. I just got another prescription for melatonin actually. I’m scared that once I stop taking it, my body will go back to old habits.
Comment below how long you’ve had sleeping issues for or your thoughts on this blog post xox