A year after I had my baby boy, I forgot how to sleep. My baby was waking me up several times a night. After a year, I found that I had a really bad case of insomnia. At best, I slept 2 hours a night and at worst, I didn’t sleep at all. I was emotional, exhausted and became a safety hazard when I drove to and from work.
Like many insomniacs, I went to the doctor and was prescribed sleep medication (Ativan, a type of benzodiazapine), which did help me to sleep but didn’t work consistently and had the potential to be highly physically addictive. I made up my mind not to be on this type of medication any more than I had to be.
One day, I was reading about Reiki and decided to give this healing modality a try. For those of you who don’t know, a Reiki practitioner channels Reiki energy, otherwise known as Universal Life Force Energy, to the body’s chakras to open and balance them.
It is an ancient healing practice that promotes stress relief and relaxation. It works to heal on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels and advances a person towards their highest and greatest good.
Once I had my first session, I was hooked and pretty soon I was sleeping 7-8 hours a night, as I do to this day, 5 years later.
I did other things to help with my insomnia but I believe it all started with Reiki. Here’s what I did:
- Regular Reiki Treatments
I had regular, monthly hour long treatments which helped lower stress levels and increase relaxation. I also became a Reiki practitioner in order to be able to give myself a treatment every night before going to sleep. Often, I wouldn’t even need to do self-Reiki for more than a few minutes before I was sound asleep.
- Natural Supplements from a Naturopath
I decided to see a Naturopath instead of continuing to use sleep medication. She determined I was deficient in cortisol, iron, magnesium and progesterone, which could all lead to disruption in sleep. I took these supplements at different times while I had insomnia, always listening to my body and adjusting dosages accordingly. You may need a different mix of supplements.
- Harness the power of crystals
A gift I got from having Reiki in my life is I can feel the energy of crystals strongly, where I couldn’t feel them at all before Reiki. I routinely wear crystal jewelry during the day and have crystals in my sleeping space and under my pillow at night. For better sleep, try keeping selenite, shungite, amethyst or sodalite tumble stones under your pillow every night for a few weeks.
- Intend to be healed
Reaching any goal starts with intention, especially healing. When I took my Reiki training, we were taught how to heal situations with Reiki. I sent healing to my insomnia issue on a regular basis. If you don’t have Reiki training, affirmations are a great way to set your intention. Think of a positive affirmation such as “I sleep peacefully and deeply each and every night” and repeat many times during the day.
- Be adaptable and persistent
Be willing to adjust strategies as you see fit and use more than one natural method at a time. Consult your intuition and do frequent gut checks to modify the direction you try next. Be open to ideas the Universe may present. And above all, don’t give up.
Combined with Reiki, a positive attitude and some trial and error, I was able to very gradually taper my sleep medication dose without withdrawal symptoms and say goodbye to insomnia for good.