While sleep isn't at all bad right now, I wouldn't classify it as great either. I decided to try taking Melatonin, thinking I may be able to improve thing more. I wasn't seeking to really "fix" anything, as much as to improve quality even more.
I took the supplement with dinner. It initially hit me hard and fast. I was so ready for sleep by the time I had been up from the table just ten minutes. I felt like I was "vibrating," my whole body ready to collapse and the tension of fighting to stay upright, taxing!
So far, so good. I anticipated a deeply restful night!
Then my 5th grader needed an hour of homework help. Maybe that's where I messed things up??? (Or maybe that really didn't much change the outcome that was to happen?) I fought cobwebs from my brain and helped him solve several math-related word problems.
When I finally got to lay down, I was out pretty instantly.
But my hubby says I tossed and turned, was fitful, and did not seem to be getting restful sleep AT ALL.
Around 1:30 in the morning, I woke up.
I was WIDE AWAKE until after 4.
My chest was heavy. My mind raced manically (though I did solve two more bonus homework questions from the night before), my pain levels were massively revved up, and I felt like I needed the medication to get worked out of my system so I could actually manage to sleep again.
Sometime before 4:30 I fell asleep and it was finally restful, refreshing sleep.
I guess supplementing my melatonin is NOT a good choice for me! This totally surprised me as I have heard nothing but good reports from other people. My guess is that my brain injuries interfere with the way I process hormones/chemicals (something I already knew, but had never experienced quite so vividly) to create this lovely counter-reaction!
Live and learn.
I am really praying I easily get back to my "OK" pre-supplementation sleep level and that I haven't caused a new issue again!