I’m an insomniac. No, I do not live above a screaming baby and it is near to silent when all my windows are open. My bed is comfortable, spacious, and has no snoring occupants. My place is the ideal setting for a solid eight hours. Yet, it’s 6:11am and I’m writing this post.
Our bodies were trained to sleep. If you don’t sleep long enough, you will die. So why is it so god damn hard to actually fall asleep?
If you’re like me, you’ve tried everything to catch some Z’s. Over the counter sleeping pills, sedatives, meditation, hypnosis. I’ve had doctors perform overnight sleeping tests and read pamphlet after pamphlet on ways to get a better nights sleep. Unfortunately, none of these things make a difference.
I’ve been an insomniac as long as I can remember. Other than “Who was watching Jerry Springer?” and “Who ate all the butter?”, “Go to bed!” was among the highest used scoldings I received from my parents growing up.
Here are the steps people with insomnia go through on a nightly basis:
1. Think about going to bed. Have anxiety attack.
2. Think about all the stuff you were going to do before you go to bed and didn’t.
3. Think of all the things you have to do tomorrow and how tired you’ll be if you can’t get to sleep.
4. Brush your teeth and wash your face in hopes that your body will get the message it’s time for bed.
5. Lay in bed and watch TV until you’re tired. Which never comes.