I don’t have insomnia – at least, I don’t think I do. Most nights, I sleep fine. I go to bed, read for a while (or watch a movie or a TV show, depending on the night) and when I decide I’m ready to sleep, I roll over and fall asleep. I sleep all night until I wake up at some somewhat decent hour of the morning.
But every now and then, I have a night or two where I don’t sleep well. Either I can’t fall asleep, or I keep waking up. Usually it’s just a night or two, but for the last week and a half or so, it’s been almost every night. It’s also been a combination of not being able to fall asleep and waking up repeatedly – along with a new one for me, sleeping so lightly it’s almost like I’m not sleeping at all. I lie there, caught in that drowsy state that usually comes before you fall asleep, all night. It’s beyond annoying.
When you add in the time change and losing that hour, it makes things really rough. I feel like a zombie, trying to think clearly and do the things that need to be done. It’s not working so well.
I think what makes it even more frustrating for me is that I can’t take advantage of it in some way. I know people who use the time they can’t sleep doing other things – working on their writing, or knitting, or whatever. Me? Can’t do it. My brain is just this cotton-wrapped mess that won’t function well enough for me to actually follow my own story so that I can get some writing done. I would read, or watch a movie, but those things both just wake me up more. I get too involved and can’t just roll over and fall asleep because I have to know how it all ends.
So instead, I lie there, knowing I should be sleeping but can’t. And then I spend all day, feeling exhausted and ready for bed. Right now, it’s only 9:20 in the morning, and I’m thinking how that’s twelve long hours from the earliest point at which I can truly think about going to bed.
Are you an insomniac or do you sleep well every night without fail? If you have trouble sleeping, how do you try to deal with it? What suggestions do you have for not only being able to sleep again, but to function in daily life when you’re so tired?