Placebo Effect

April 14, 2014

Over the years, I’ve written about my bouts of insomnia. They tend to come and go (thank goodness) and normally are a result of my overactive brain. A couple years age I was at a cookie exchange party and the conversation changed to insomnia. Two women there swore by taking a well known mineral supplement for helping them sleep return to normal. Supplements At the time, the insomnia was really bad, so I willing to try just about anything. I did check the Googles first to see what the chances were of ODing on that mineral and what the symptoms are. (WebMD and I go way back!). When it didn’t look like I would do any harm, I started taking it. While I REALLY wanted my sleep back, I was skeptical. After a couple days, it did work! I knew it was probably the placebo effect. Did I care? No! I was sleeping! I was on it for just over a week before I stopped, and my sleep remained okay. What made me think about this was recently I went through another bad patch. I blame Daylight Savings Time. I would get to sleep just fine, but around 1 am, I would wake up and my mind was off to the races. A couple hours later I’d finally be able to reign it in and drift off to sleep, just in time for the alarm to sound. I happened to stumble across the supplement bottle while looking for something else and went back on the mineral. The symptoms decreased. One last last week I woke up and had the idea that I should bring donuts in to work to thank everyone for all their extra effort. I then spent the next half hour working out the logistics in my mind. Then back to sleep I went. Strangely enough, I counted that one as a victory: I was back to sleep in less than an hour! Have any of you ever hoped for the placebo effect? Or When did Donuts become so expensive?!?!!?

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