Sleep has been quite elusive for me recently. I was diagnosed with insomnia last year. As my doctor explained it, there are two types of insomnia. There's the insomnia most people know; the person simply can't fall asleep. There's a second type of insomnia; the person has no trouble falling asleep but once asleep, the brain does not properly cycle through the stages of sleep. This is my problem. With sleep medication I am able to have a better night's sleep, but I am still tired. All the time. Oh and dreams. I remember lots of dreams. My doctor said this is not normal. She said that while people dream all night long, most people who get a proper night's sleep with either remember no dreams or only one dream. I remember 4-5 dreams just about every night. This means I'm waking up that many times during the night because of my insomnia. Now with the pain and everything else I have going on with my TMJ, I really don't get enough rest. As I've said before, I'm a mess.
Right now I am staying with my parents. My mom often tries out different types of pillows to find the most rest and benefit. I asked her if she happened to have a buckwheat pillow because I had read on TMJ Hope that it can be a good pillow (the pillows listed there are primarily recommended for those who've had surgery, but with my pain I thought it couldn't be bad for me to find one of these to try out). I was thinking my mom had bought one of the pillows on the list: a buckwheat pillow. Mom does have a buckwheat pillow. She doesn't like it, so she let me try it out. I was skeptical. It's very hard. I wasn't sure how it could be comfortable for me to sleep on since just a regular cotton pillow was uncomfortable. I put the heavy pillow on my bed and laid down. Yes, it was hard, but it was surprisingly comfortable. I slept on the pillow the whole night. I slept through the night (a rarity for me). I woke up and my jaw and ears both felt okay - not good but not bad either. My neck was a little sore but I think that might be from the newness of the pillow. I don't remember any dreams from last night. This means I actually slept all night. Awesome! I will be trying out the buckwheat pillow again tonight.
Thought of the Day: "There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep." - E. W. Howe