I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I’m full of sleep puns. I make them all the time. It’s because since I was a kid, I have suffered from horrible bouts of insomnia that I’ve never been able to control. I used to stay up literally all night long, reading books until about 5 AM on a school night. I’d finally fall asleep only to be woken up by my alarm only minutes later. I was in a constant brain fog, and it sucked.
As I got older, it got worse. It didn’t help that when I was on my first summer break from college, I got a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a hospice and worked third shift. Now I could use my nights for working and sleep during the day! This worked really well for me, and I actually got a lot of sleep. But as soon as I went back to school, everything imploded. They don’t have classes at 3 AM, and most of my demanding workload required me to attend regular early morning lectures.
I dropped out of college only a month into the second school year. I couldn’t take it anymore.
Throughout my 20s, I struggled five or six times per year with chronic sleep deprivation. It seemed to last for three or four weeks at a time, where I just couldn’t relax or shut my mind off. I would fall asleep from pure exhaustion, but I couldn’t STAY asleep. I dozed in and out of consciousness, feeling more tired when I woke up than when I’d gone to bed. It led to depression and some really dark thoughts. But as soon as it would pass me by, I’d forget all about it until the next time.
Now that I’m a mother, I struggle with this far more than before. Even when I am not bogged down with actual insomnia, I don’t get nearly enough sleep. It is a real struggle.
It was really eye-opening to me when I recently read that sleep is critical for our immune function, memory and other vital functions that keep our body going. And that nearly FOUR MILLION Americans are suffering from insomnia along with me. Did you know that on average, nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are missing out on almost three weeks of sleep per year (470 hours)?!
So what do we do about it? Well, experts say that a good bedtime routine is very helpful. But if you are struggling with this awful situation, I urge you to talk to your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms. You shouldn’t have to do without sleep like so many of us. To learn more about the importance of getting a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep visit Wanttosleepmore.com
Have you ever suffered from insomnia? What are your best suggestions for a good night sleep?