Insomnia Battling Sleep Deprivation.
The curse that is….
Insomnia has to be one of the most annoying conditions to suffer from. Endless nights of restless slumber, closely followed by lethargic and hard to handle days. It is the one thing that if someone said “pick a part of your condition to remove” I would choose insomnia in a heart beat.
I’m not totally sure what causes insomnia, some say stress and worry causes it, others say it’s more of a chemical imbalance within the brain. For me it is a mixture of both, some nights I can lay awake all night, my mind racing and full of the most illogical thoughts and worries. But they are enough to keep me from achieving a restful nights sleep that my body and mind so desperately need.
The worst thing is when I get a song or a line of a poem I am working on stuck inside my head, it goes around and around in an infinite loop of torment. If you see a poem posted at an ungodly hour the chances are one of if not all of those lines your reading have been rattling around my head for hours if not days.
I have tried everything I can think of to try to bring relief from this ailment and none of being successful until now. Here is a list of a few of the weird and wonderful things I have tried over the years:
Don’t eat before bed – Eat before bed.
Drink plenty of water during the day.
Don’t consume caffeine after 5pm.
Don’t have the window open – have the window open.
Remove all distractions from the room – put them all back again.
Drink herbal tea before bed.
Drink Warm milk before bed.
Try Lavender on your pillow.
Don’t go to bed until you feel totally exhausted.
The list goes on and on. Then this week I made a breakthrough, one that might seem obvious to some but has alluded me until now.
Those weird things they give you on aeroplanes to block out the light! I bought one as I was again at the end of my tether with not sleeping. The one I bought is padded with a memory rubber type material so that it fits snuggly onto your face as you sleep. So it arrived Wednesday and that night I adorned the mask, feeling rather silly and probably resembling Batman, I drew the mask over my eyes! Wow instant relief an almost nirvana feeling as suddenly I was plunged into a world of darkness. The material the mask is made from as a comforting feel to it as it sits upon your face, something similar to that fresh bedding feel when you change your sheets.
I slept for 4 hours and achieved a state of deep sleep, when I awoke I was surprised to find I had removed the mask in my sleep. After a while I donned the mask again and this time slept for 7 hours … wahoo I awoke feeling rested and refreshed for the first time in about the last 10 years!
Fast forward to Thursday night and I again went through my new ritual of turning from normal insomniac to my new guise as Zorro or Batman or any other masked super hero for that matter and went asleep very fast and achieved 4 hours sleep. Sadly I was unable to replicate the previous nights sleep marathon. But the four hours I did sleep were deep and that went a long way to helping me with my daily chores the following day.
I am hopeful that this simplest of aides will help me form a somewhere near normal sleep pattern that I can build on and improve. I will keep you posted on my progress and my continuing battle with insomnia.
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