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Julie has struggled with insomnia for over 20 years, and her lifestyle, working as a teacher and owner of a German pretzel bakery, has made it challenging for her to focus on sleep.


A Better Sense of Awareness

julie_we6So I’m six weeks into this journey, examining my sleep. I am surprised at how much there really is to it. I have always thought of insomnia to be a binary sort of issue: either you’re awake or asleep. You have it, or you don’t. I had a pretty simplistic view of insomnia and a pretty fatalistic view. It was something that was an inherent part of my life. Part lifestyle, part physical, part mental. So I’ve discovered that it’s so much more than that. I learned a lot about what could be contributing to my sleep struggles, and had a lot of new suggestions to try. In other words, this journey has given me some hope. I had been accepting that insomnia was something that could not be molded or shaped at all. It was this ugly friend that just came along with me, where ever I went. It felt like a separate part of me, and not anything I could control. So I have, at a minimum, learned that I can help (or hurt) my sleep with specific behaviors and patterns. Yes, even more so than the behaviors, there are larger patterns in my life that I’ve figured out. I now know that I push myself to the limits at times, and when I do that, I stay up late. The awareness of my choices, and knowing that I can make a positive dent in my sleep problems, has made a difference.

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