I was wondering if anyone had an experience with trying natural remedies to stay awake, versus the typical medications that are prescribed to people with N & C. I do not take any medications (save the occasional cold medication or Advil), and I really hate to introduce something else when I don't know what it will do to me long term. I strongly believe that the body shouldn't require medications on a regular basis and that there are always alternatives such as consuming certain foods, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal supplements etc. Does anyone have any experience with anything?
I have begun my research (with the help of my bf), and so far this is what I have come up with, though I haven't tried anything as of yet since I just got the diagnosis.
The first link is loaded with specifics - has anyone tried any of those things?
My friend's mother is Japanese and swears by essential oils. She has had success with them with cancer patients. And overall, the woman is just a wealth of knowledge. She has given me very specific breathing exercises to do as I'm falling asleep in the evening and is pushing the need to eat fermented foods and drink water properly.
That all being said (and I'd like to preface what I'm about to say with: this may sound a little out there!)...what are your thoughts on these genes and N not being a bad thing? I mean, these genes exist for a reason, right? So, why? I know that when I gave birth to my son six years ago, my N was actually the VERY PERFECT thing for taking care of an infant/baby. I woke when he woke with enough energy to get me through a couple of hours. I fell asleep as soon as he fell asleep. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I know this doesn't translate to men (or maybe it does?), but I wonder, is this nature's way of saying, "MAKE BABIES!?" I think often our society is so quick to "diagnose" things, label things as a "disease" or "disorder" and then slap a bandaid on it. But again, these genes exist for a reason.
Lastly...I think the dreaming aspect of N is sort of a gift. I never knew that I had it, and I always just assumed that my level of tiredness was in-line with other peoples' level of tiredness, and that perhaps I just succumbed to it more than others. That maybe I spoiled and pampered myself a little too much. I always thought that my dreaming was unusual, to say the least. I often dream as I'm falling asleep...lucid dreaming; though I cannot pinpoint whether or not I am actually sleeping, or actually awake.
N limits me in several ways, but it also frees me in A LOT of other ways. C, not so much...I'm still trying to figure that one out.