Advice Needed for Sleep Problem
First I would like to thanks for the site. I have always thought natural remedies were far superior to pharmaceuticals which in some cases cause more problems than they solve.
I would like it if someone could help me with an ongoing problem that no doctor has been able to solve. It started during a period of stress. Although I lived in Florida I would not be able to sleep unless I got 30-60 minutes of sunlight- pretty much classic SAD. After a period of this, one day something seemed to switch in my brain. I seemed to get "alert" when I was exposed to sunlight and I would stay awake in this awake state for days. Naturally this seemed to be a type of mania so I began to take fish oil capsules and I think it was good but it didn't solve the problem. At this point I went to numerous doctors who prescribed many different types of pills but either they did not work or the side effects were intolerable. I had several tests run also.
A psychologist friend of mine said he did not think I had bipolar as I never had any of the behavioral effects such as mood changes, wild spending or other type sprees. Just this hyper alert state that kept me from sleeping. He suggested that I might have some type of thyroid disorder. My thyroid test came back clear so the drs ruled that out. Meanwhile I was allergic to iodine and would get terrible hives if I ingested anything with large quantities. This was several years back and I was avoiding iodine all these years. Now I have learned to cope with the light problem by avoiding blue light with amber sunglasses which helps. But then my hair started to fall out like crazy.
After much reading and prayer I found that I was greatly iodine deficient. (I worried about that in the beginning but my doctors did not seem to care about that so I just let it go until my hair began to fall out.) Again after much prayer I learned that I could absorb iodine on my scalp and "no hives." So I began to take a few drops of iodine on my scalp each day and immediately my scalp stops tingling and hair loss greatly reduced. The problem is that also seems to rev up my brain and put me back in the hyper alert state. Now I seem to be faced with either cutting back on the iodine so I can sleep which also allows my hair to fall out or working to replace the iodine in my system and helping my thyroid which cause me to go for days and days without sleep which I am doing now.
Since I have had this sleep problem for years (roughly 99-00) I have tried every single sleep remedy you could suggest. Herbs, aminos, hot baths, sound masking, deep breathing, and many, many more. Yet the problem seems to be the switch in the brain. It is hard for me to get to sleep and it is hard for me to wake up. My brain can't seem to change modes by itself although now it seems even more sensitive in that almost anything will put it on hyper state and I have found almost nothing to calm it down. (Even the hydrogen peroxide in nostrils or drank seemed to put it on high drive.) I realize this has been long and I tried to cover the topic without too much detail yet I know I left some things out like my eating habits, etc. (semi veg) and many assorted treatments I have tried through the years. But any ideas or advice would be appreciated.