Insomnia…How it’s Helped & Harmed Me

So when someone says they have insomnia you automatically assume they have trouble falling asleep and stay awake all night. Well you are partially right it literally means the inability to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. I can fall asleep but I have trouble staying asleep and always wake up feeling tired. My body never goes into the REM stage of sleep so any slight noise wakes me up & it takes me anywhere from 2-3 hours to get back to sleep, if I even get to fall asleep.

It’s helped me to be more proactive when it comes to making dinner. When I have trouble sleeping I end up cooking tomorrow’s dinner so when we get home we simply heat it up. This gives me more time to spend wit the kids when I get off from work instead of rushing to prepare dinner. Also, I’ve been able to use those sleepless times to give the house a thorough cleaning without my baby looking to steal the mop or making another mess.  The downside to this is I’m always tired and unable to focus at work. There have been times when I’m at my desk and I fall asleep until I hear a noise or embarrassingly someone wakes me up. On nights when I can’t get back to sleep I’m a complete wreck at work; unable to focus, tired, easily irritated and just not productive at all.

When I spoke to my medical doctor about it she stated it was because of my depression and that I need to find a therapist quickly. Yes, I’m looking for one but haven’t found one I’m comfortable with as yet. In the mean time she’s suggested a few things that I started trying this week.

First, use my bedroom for sleeping only, which is not as easy as I thought. I do a lot of work for the non-profit I work for part time in my bedroom so transitioning it to the living room is still a work in progress. I also do a lot of reading in bed which I thought was ok but she said the bed should be for sleeping (if I wasn’t single it would be for sex also). If I use it for that purpose only then I’m signaling and training my brain to prepare to shut down and go to sleep.

Second, avoid using alcohol as a sleep aide, I’ve done this, it apparently interferes with the quality of sleep you get and can cause you to feel even more tired in the morning.

Third, I should get a nightly routine that will signal my body to prepare itself for rest. This is a little difficult because my daughter’s homework load varies often. There are times when we finish within an hour and then there are times we are up until 11pm but that is mostly due to my daughter’s procrastination and belief I should do the work for her if it’s too difficult but that needs to be in a post by itself.

So these are my to do list for the next two weeks to see if I can curb the amount of sleepless nights I have; wish me luck.

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Published in: on April 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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