Hi Sol, I found your thread. Do think about starting a journal page. We'll all follow you there.
Huge Congratulations on your sucess to date. That takes incredible will power. I wouldn't push the exercising too much, maybe some slow walking.
How's you sleep? Enough alcohol ruins your nervous system. Really well. The sheath around each nerve ending is completely destroyed, gone. Literally raw nerves. Thus the nerves and muscles they serve never relax. Thus, no sleep and a lot of other bad results.
There is something you can do to help. It won't speed up the ability to relax but after you are able to relax it will help being able to sleep. That's meditation. I went to a Univ. class on it locally. Had an Indian Bio-chemistry PhD instructor. Odd. When I walked in the classroom there was a beautiful picture of a foamy, frothy glass of beer on the front screen. The foam was spilling down the outside of the glass onto a table top. I almost walked out.
The teacher likened this to your mind. All day, every minute, stimulus is entering your mind. Your nervous system is supposed to be able to process it in real time, so to speak, but our lives or alcohol make a huge overload on it and it fails to complete processing, resulting in the 'spilling over' effects in the picture. Then when you sleep the processing completes, sometimes; often not; due to overload. Meditation can complete the process. It's purpose is to turn off the conscious mind. Stop it from running, or from doing anything at all.
It does work. After your nervous system rebuilds you may still have trouble sleeping from very low carb dieting. With meditation you can relax the nervous system and each muscle in your body. Gives you something to do at night, and at least your body gets good rest from it.
You might also consider going to an evening AA meeting. They are so phenomenally boring they may help with sleep.
Relaxing can only come with health, with enough vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants to enable those nerve ending sheaths to re-grow. That takes time. Really good supplements can help, if you can afford them. It will happen. Don't give up. One day, you will just fall asleep.
Last edited by Cryptocode; 07-01-2013 at 02:34 PM.
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