oh fatal insomnia is one of those
illnesses that are the things of nightmares
for the health anxiety group. why? because, oh my gosh, what is the ONE thing that is hard to do when one gets worried or when one has things on his/her mind? Yep, having trouble sleeping. Now add the idea of fatal insomnia and it pretty much cements that bugger of a disease into one's anxious mind. which will make it damned near impossible to go to sleep....even with the aid of sleeping pills.
I will say that I am sure this is not fatal insomnia. What is going on here is a person who is having trouble sleeping for any number of NONLETHAL reasons (it happens to the best of us at times), then BEASTY (anxious mind) comes up with fatal insomnia. It is a the makins' of a nasty anxiety brew.
what to do? one ding danged thing for sure is to not google or 'research' anything about it. it will make going to sleep more difficult. secondly, you are going to have to try some relaxing things prior to going to sleep. some people find hot baths, chamomile teas, meditating helpful. Me, reading is good. I, personally, find leaving the tv on while I rest my eyes. the background noise is helpful for me. You can try benadryl or melatonin or other over counter sleep aids. My nephew went through (for a couple of years) a bout of insomnia. His parents sent him for sleep studies etc. Not much worked. However I think much of it was his own fault. I say this because he got himself into the habit of staying up waaaay too late. when he couldn't fall off, he'd end up playing poker with friends or engaging in fairly stimulating other activities. then he would drop off around 5 am and sleep until noon. What got him out of it, really (although his dad has a differing opinion than me
) is he joined the army. The boy had to be up by 5 or 6 no matter what. that got him straightened out.
so that is another suggestion---make sure you are out of bed early--7am at the latest. Keep yourself busy during the day--no naps. In the evening begin more relaxing activities. try and stay up until 9 or 10. make sure you keep to a schedule and over time it should help.
I am not saying this will be easy because I KNOW worrying about not sleeping makes it tougher. However, ABSOLUTELY take the fatal insomnia possibility off of the table.
It isn't that.