But thinking about her future, Laura knew it was time to wean herself off the drugs. She didn’t want to worry about chemicals in her body if she decided to have children down the road.
Laura visited a sleep specialist who began cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions, focusing on sleep hygiene. (Watch Laura discuss her no-television rule.) To help ease the transition, he also prescribed a lower-strength sleeping pill.
Now she’s focusing on practicing better bedtime habits and creating a better sleep environment. (Watch Laura discuss how her bedroom affects her sleep.) Getting to sleep naturally has been challenging, but she’s encouraged by her constant progress.
“A year from now, I’d love to be able to go to bed because I actually feel sleepy,” she says. “And take a nap; I’ve never been sleepy enough to just take a nap. I feel like I’m missing out on something really great.”