I have no doubt that my insomnia is a direct result of low GABA. Evidence of this is muscle twitches, some anxiety from time to time and the fact that I can fall asleep if I take any kind of GABA A agonist (alcohol, Klonopin, Ambien, etc… )
As for fear… yes I’m sure I have fear of the unknown in regards to whether my sleep will get better, worse or how long it will last. I dont think anything directly effects my sleep (diet, excercise, caffeine, blue light, sleep hygiene, etc… )
I have done a little research… it appears the mantras handed down from “teachers” where words from sanscrit. They work because you dont know what they mean. They are just sounds linked together. Its the same idea as Ommmmmmm … its to get your mind to stop thinking. I think that people get hung up on the definition of what they think “mantra” means… In this case mantra means nothing… which is ironic. TM is big business… the fact that any certified teacher wants $1300 to teach you something that only takes 4 days is absurd. TM is supposed to be a very simple practice. My mantra that I created is Gooz Venah . I say Gooz as I inhale and I say Venah as I exhale… This is done internally… you dont actually say it out loud. Focusing on the pronouciation distracts your brain from thinking about “stuff”. I have also seen the mantras that group age ranges. Even with those, you can see that they are just meaningless sounds. So that is the whole point (as far as I can tell). I encourage anyone else to chime in and correct me if I’m wrong on any of this.
As for insight timer… I use the free version but I like it and might just buy premium to support what I think is a good app.
I have f.lux which is a blue light blocking app running on all my devices. Once again… I dont think it matters much. My brain is GABA deficient. Thats the cause of my insomnia. Hopefully I will start to heal and get more GABA and rebalance, etc… I pray that I sleep normally again some day. I’m wondering if SAGE 217 would help kick start GABA production. I believe that is a major component of that drug. There is also a lot or research going into insomnia. Insomnia effects the more of the popluation of earth than anything else. Its a huge market. You will see a few other Dual Orexin Antagonistic drugs pop up in the next year. I believe Purdue Pharma is working on one. Also, there are some med tech devices that are being funded for research that have a very direct stimulation on the vagus nerve to treat a variety of issues including pain, insomnia, anxiety, arthritis. Medical advancements are happening at a staggering pace. I have no doubt we will see relief from the majority of these symptoms in the next 5 years. China will have CRISPR treatments in the next 2 years I believe.