Hay Tench, a retired nurse from North Miami, had a chronic sleeping disorder many will find familiar.
“My thoughts would not shut down. If one thought came in, another was flowing in my head,” she said. “I’ve done everything. The darkened room, turn off all the lights. Even with all of that, the thoughts would not shut down. I could not function through the day.”
New medications for insomnia and more awareness of disorders like sleep apnea give new hope for the millions like Tench, a mom to three grown sons. Tench, 67, had suffered from insomnia for years, a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall, or stay, asleep. It affects about 60 million Americans.
Tench’s insomnia began in post-menopause, a common occurrence because of hormonal changes, Tench was told by her doctor. She started taking Xanax, from a class of medications that act on the brain and central nervous system. But Xanax didn’t help Tench for long, even though she took it for six years.