It was such a difficult time for me, and after going through so many different solutions, I eventually discovered a book written by a Harvard doctor that had successfully stopped insomnia in hundreds of patients over several years.
Basically, he discovered that most insomnia is caused by belief. It becomes a vicious cycle that feeds into itself.
I didn't believe it at first. It seems so real, so profoundly difficult for me, but I was desperate and willing to try anything.
So I did. I followed the program precisely as laid out in the book. Made an Excel sheet and everything and gradually through cognitive behavioral therapy, I challenged the thoughts that I would never be able to successfully sleep again (along with careful measuring).
We tense up when we feel anxious. I can imagine that during times of great stress, the body reacts in certain ways that causes certain muscles to stay stuck or not heal, or even just have perceptional problems.
There's already a precedent for it with insomnia. It makes sense.
Thanks for the book recommendation.
Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805089586/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hS...