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Insomnia the sleeping disorder

Updated on March 8, 2013

W. K. Hayes

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A True Insomniac!

Dealing with insomnia is a pain in the neck. I know because my sleep-life has been without sleep. Seriously, I might sleep two or three hours and go right back to writing. Sometimes, I will cozy up beneath the blankets, get my arms and legs just right and then…lay there.

There seems to be some secret switch most people use to shut their minds off so they can go to sleep. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a switch or it shorted out…long ago.

One thing I will never do, is give advice on subjects that I cannot relate to from experience. For me, that is the same thing is lying and neither is worth using to cut, sliced bread. Instead, I stick to my own experiences.

Anyway, one problem I am super familiar with is acute insomnia. Granted, I’ve tried using sleeping pills to get some rest but then I will spend the next day feeling absolutely idle-headed and having a functioning brain is vital to a writer. Most sleeping aids promise to help you sleep, and they do, but…when do the darn things shut off?

I’ll spend the entire day staring at my laptop screen, drool will start sliding down my face and my brain will be humming with the sound of snores echoing OUT of my ears. Then, I start getting aggravated because I know I have work that needs to be done and I am in no shape to get any of it done.

So, what’s the best way to deal with insomnia without leaving one feeling drunk the next day? Let me know? I would love a viable solution. Just kidding but seriously, avoid drinking caffeine two hours before bed and refrain from eating heavy or spicy foods, also before going to bed.

Also, something else that will help you get to sleep. Make sure your bed is made, take a hot shower and daydream about fun stuff. Imagine yourself being a comedian up on stage, making people laugh and enjoy making up the jokes as you go. Don’t worry, your husband or wife might call the guys in white, with the special coat but at least you will drift off the sleep easier.

Avoid thinking about anything stressful. Instead, focus your mind on using your imagination. After all, turning on your imagination is like playing a movie for your mind, much the same way a mind will play movies, (dreams), while you sleep. For some reason, using your imagination tricks the mind into believing that the movie has started and it’s time for the body to get quiet. Even then, make sure that your daydreams are anything but exciting or you will have trouble sleeping.

If these two suggestion don’t work for you, the only other advice I can give is, for you to be smart and wait until Friday or Saturday night to take a sleeping aid but never on a night before work. That way, when you are groggy-headed the next day, at least you won’t risk getting fired from your day job.

On a personal level, I deal with insomnia by making the best use out of it. If I’m having trouble sleeping, I will get back up and work for a few more hours until I actually do get sleepy.

When I get insomnia, it can last for a several days straight. Even recently, I went to weeks on maybe twelve hours of sleep, total. I spent the rest of the time designing nine websites, creating 4-3D animations for YouTube including writing the music, the film editing, image editing and yadda yadda. I also wrote about three chapters for a new novel and cooked three holiday meals.

But after, two weeks…I finally decided to take a sleeping aid. I swear I took the right dosage but it hit me like an elephant tranquilizer and I went down…and stayed down! I vaguely recall trying to get up after fifteen hours of straight sleep, worked for a few hours and went back to sleep for another three hours. Yep, I won’t do that again. That package could tell me to take four of those little demons but I’ll stick to taking one while hoping for the best.

Ultimately, don’t let insomnia get under your skin. Instead, make use out of that restless night and knock out some writing or other chores. The worst thing you can do is lay in bed all night wishing you could sleep. If you’re not asleep in the first thirty minutes, get back up and get productive.

Thanks for reading my article on insomnia. I hope that something in this advice helps you. Have a great day!

 

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    • W. K. Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Warren Keith Hayes 

      7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      I have tried that, but something in the notes of the melody will capture my mind and I'm right back up writing a new song. Still, it is a great suggestion for those having trouble falling asleep and I wish I would have thought of it first. LOL...Thanks Bel Marshall

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      Bel Marshall 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I found for myself that I run some recording that are aimed to put the brain into theta or delta state. It has made a world of difference for myself.

      It doesn't work 100% of the time but I would say about 90%.

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