Have you met my often visitor, Insomnia? She’s been coming around for years. Literally 20 years or more now. She sucks and is EVIL. She likes to visit when it seems I need sleep the most and hang around well past when she might have been actually welcomed to visit. Mostly when she visits, I just ride it out because I discovered long ago that getting upset about it just made her stick around longer which leaves me more tired, stressed and even more grumpy.
Although I actually slept Tuesday night after being just DONE after hot yoga class, it was the first decent night of sleep I’d gotten in awhile. She must have missed me though because last night she stopped by for a visit.
For something I’m so “used” to, you’d think I’d be more okay with it. You’d be wrong, but it’s okay. Why do I think Insomnia is evil? There are three big reasons.
- Weight gain – lack of sleep, snacks because you’re awake, bored and sometimes even actually hungry. Also lack of sleep can cause a decrease in metabolic activity and changes how your brain and body responds to sugar. (Here’s a decent summary of it, but there are countless studies and links. )
- Feeling lonely. Do I need to expand on this? I didn’t think so. Feeling lonely sucks. It was different in college or when I was younger because there was almost always someone awake to chat with, but now not so much.
- Watching crappy TV and being tempted to buy things from infomercials. (It’s a good thing my purse isn’t downstairs most nights with the TV or I’d have ALL the As Seen on TV stuff!) I have a future blog post about the crappy tv I’ve seen lately coming up. There are some real gems out there!
Many times I just give in and turn the light on to do something productive, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it, I’m too tired to do anything right, or I think I might be able to sleep if I’m in a dark room long enough.
Before you suggest something helpful, know that I’ve tried most of the things. I’m thankful for previous suggestions but Melatonin only worked sometimes, warm milk is gross, meditation is not my friend, and physical activity only works for so long before it doesn’t anymore. I just have to accept this is part of who I am and deal.
I’m curious to know, what do you do when you can’t sleep? Not to fall back asleep mind you, but what do you do?