I have tried lots of remedies over the years for depression/candida/anxiety-related insomnia. I had found that eye masks and ear plugs helped me to have unbroken sleep, however bed/wake-up times were still volatile, and also I found that I could not wake up relatively easily like a normal person. If I tried to wake up any earlier (and I mean even 15 minutes) than my body dictated, I would be exhausted and unable to think, and like a zombie for the whole remaining day. I had to be REALLY careful that I woke up very gently and VERY slowly, was not disturbed by any noises at the crucial time - I would typically have to plan about an hour and a half to wake up, with much coaxing and help from my partner, if I had an appointment I needed to get to. I don't know if I have low blood pressure, but I feel this waking problem was related to the depression/candida/anxiety.
Recently I was drawn to bentonite clay I saw at a local natural cosmetics shop, and took 1 tsp in a 1/3 glass of water before bedtime, an hour after eating. Not only did it immediately feel physically, internally good (as if my body cells were being lightened, and perhaps helping with the sluggishness from the candida), but I found that for the first time in about 10 years I was able to wake up the next morning with ease. It was a sudden and significant difference. I was sleepy when I awoke, but I felt refreshed and easily felt ready to get up!! I have tried different therapies, but nothing had been able to help me wake up comfortably like the clay is continuing to do; I have now been taking it for a week.
The lady at the shop told me that it was mainly for heavy metal detox, and for the full detox effects, it should be taken at a dose of 1T in 1/3 C of water per evening for about 2-3 months - so I will listen to my body and slowly up the dosage over that time. (FYI, The product I was initially looking at was a natural sunscreen with bentonite clay in it, which also felt really good for my skin). Anyway, I hope this might help someone else with extreme difficulties waking up like a normal person!
My husband has a sleeping disorder that has never been diagnosed. I think it may be sleep apnea. Often if he slightly wakes up during the night he will start jumping/twitching every 20 seconds. I've timed him. It can go on for half an hour. Just one jump/twitch and then 20 seconds later another one. We both started taking niacinimide and borage after reading about it on Earth Clinic. Guess what!! NO MORE SLEEP ISSUES! Quite amazing. He's sleeping well through the night instead of this erratic sleep. And he's waking up looking more refreshed. I don't know which one did the trick or both together. He takes a lot of other supplements and these are the only 2 new ones we started recently.
Thanks for all who have been writing about these 2 great supplements.
A relieved and happy wife!
Don't forget: A good Pillow helps, for me, the most. I like a pillow with a neck roll because it maintains the neck curve. My favorite, and I've been using one for years, is a cervical traction pillow!
I have been diagnosed with both REM behavior disorder and sleepwalking. The medication they give for each is contradictive to one another. The one medication is called Klonipin and it's awful... I refuse to take it, based on what I've read. Do you have any ideas of something natural I could try? I started taking insulin (at bedtime) about a month ago and I don't care what anybody says, my sleepwalking and REM behavior disorder has gotten much worse. I'm exhausted, but afraid to fall asleep. If I take Benadryl I don't sleepwalk, but I obviously can't take that every day.