I had a small blip last weekend and thought I would share it with everyone here. Some stress at work kept my mind ticking over Friday night so no sleep and I hadn’t slept brilliantly the night previously either.
Sleep deprivation was a big part of my PPP and also occurred the first time I came off anti- Psychotics as one of the side effects is insomnia. It is incredibly scary, makes me feel awful and often is cyclic, the less sleep I have the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep and really worry it will make me psychotic again.
The next day I was extremely tired and the following night I was so worried about not sleeping that I barely slept then. Unfortunately as this was occurring over the weekend I couldn’t see my normal doctor.
By Sunday because of my history I knew this was serious and it was giving me lots of anxiety - I was using lots of self help methods to keep things under control, exercise, yoga, relaxation and breathing methods but wanted to see my doctor who knew my history so chose to wait until the next day to see someone. I had about 2 half hours sleep Sunday night and went to my doctor. She gave me a small dose of Valium and told me to stay off work for next two weeks.
Thankfully Since then I have been being getting 8/9hrs a night and finding yoga incredibly helpful at relaxing me and managing any remaining anxiety.
My family are hugely supportive and Work are incredibly understanding and that is a great help so now I actually feel so much better, but I was surprised at how quickly the sleep deprivation took hold.
Does anyone else on here suffer with insomnia? I find it so scary when I do because of how it was a huge factor with PPP for me.
I am so pleased that I am really getting over it now , but it reminds me we really do need to take time out for ourselves - I had forgotten how much exercise and yoga de-stress me, but with a toddler in toe it’s one of those things that never gets done so I am going to work on making time in the day to do it.