My Battles with Insomnia
Pills. Some insomnia continued, however, and I started taking Tylenol PM at bedtime. Since the problem seemed especially bad during trips abroad, I got a prescription for the sleep aid Ambien from my internist (who knew I was taking Tylenol PM). When I felt tired and jet-lagged, I'd add another half-tablet of Ambien.
Mindfulness Meditation. See yesterdays's post, below.
A New Perspective on Sleep. This spring I read that before the Industrial Age -- through the millenia -- most people spent the night in two separate sleeps. They'd come home from the fields, have a big supper, then go to bed. They'd wake up after a few hours, and stay up for awhile before going back to bed for a second sleep. Ben Franklin described sitting nude in his chair, reading during this time between sleeps.
This summer, I traveled across Europe for five weeks without any anxiety about sleep. What a pleasure!