So i’m 2+ years into recovery now after taking 1mg of fin for 8.5 years and I’ve made a breakthrough I have to share! I try to stay off this forum as much as possible these days but had to come back on in case this helps people.
During the nightmareish early days, so many symptoms, so much going on it’s difficult to know what affects what. Now that my symptoms have become more ‘subtle’ I’m finding it easier to make small changes to see what works and what doesn’t. This might sound stupid but … SCREEN TIME!. Yes, screen time during the day and especially at night after 7pm. I’ve found that if I limit even remove completely screen time - phones, PC screens, TV (although TV doesn’t seem to affect me as much) I sleep like an absolutely baby. This realization happened almost overnight and ever since then (3 weeks ago) I’ve slept like I’ve never slept before since stopping fin on the days I stop screens. Some days, especially on the weekend when I’m not on screens at all I can sleep 9+ hours, even past my alarm, and get up and go W T F happened. I feel good, excellent even, no jetlag, no brain fog, no getting up at 2am shaking needing to eat, no panic attacks…nothing.
I really have no idea what it is but I can say for 100% sure that there’s something about screen time during the day and at night that causes some kind of dysregulation or imbalance. It’s a sliding scale too and I’ve done a lot of testing. About a week ago I caught a 5 hour flight and on that plane I worked on my PC the entire flight and was on my phone the entire night trying to find my hotel, order food coz this shit hotel had no restaurant etc - that night was so bad I had to use sleeping pills to get through it. Then, like magic, the next day kept off screens as much as possible and no phone aftr 7pm and slept like a baby.
Maybe something to do with melatonin regulation? Cortisol balancing? Turning blue-light off my phone doesn’t seem to make much of a difference as it appears to be the accumulation of screens throughout the day, amplified at night.
Anyone here found this makes a difference? Please, everyone try this. It’s free, you’ve got nothing to lose. Just stop phones as much as possible. Even try go a day and night with no phones and report back!
I hope this helps people. I’m off gluten as well as I know FOR A FACT that gives me anxiety and panic attacks so take that into account - no gluten, no screens.
Keen to hear feedback.