- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
There are so many sleep disorders that have been discussed on the internet, each one in great detail. Insomnia is a terrible affliction that has also been deeply discussed on the World Wide Web. The thing about insomnia is how frequently and differently it can strike someone who suffers from it.
Insomnia is often classed as an inability to fall asleep, or an inability to stay asleep. Although one event of this nature is still considered insomnia, habitually insomnia is what people are treated for.
I am an occasional insomniac because of certain reasons. I find sometimes that I cannot sleep for several reasons. The most common cause of my insomnia is my overactive mind or imagination. Let’s say for argument sake that I go to bed at ten o’clock in the evening. At nine fifty I am absolutely not tired at all, but in an attempt to find my sleep pattern again the doctors say I should go to bed at the same time every night. So I chose ten o’clock to do that with. Like I said at nine fifty when I should be getting to sleep I am absolutely not tired.
I decide to follow the doctor’s orders though and go to bed. I shut off the lights and get into bed. In the complete darkness of my room I do not imagine monsters or a boogie man for that matter. I think about what I will do tomorrow, I think about what I did on this day and what I will do in ten years. Dreams of the waking nature cloud my conscious mind and I fantasize about what my goals are and of me reaching those goals. I toss and I turn around in my bed until the sheets are wrapped tightly around my legs. On the verge and edge of sleep this pulls me back to wakefulness as I unravel myself from the twisted remnants of my sheets.
After hours of tossing and turning I look over at my alarm clock…1230. This new development pisses me off as I now have four hours until I need to wake up. Another hour passes and I finally fall into a light slumber. This sleep is so light that I can hear everything that is going on in the house and outside of the house. A snake in the backyard slithering into its hole wakes me up at 3. I find myself stewing with anger as I try to roll myself into sleep once more but fully aware that even if I did it would only be for an hour. I sleep.
The alarm clock going off at four thirty startles me awake and I start another day in a pissed off mood. The doctor also says to get up and going when you wake up even if you had little or no sleep to get your cycle back to normal. So I get up, shave and all that stuff, and head to work. As the day goes by I am like a zombie just going through the motions. I need to get some sleep, but I resist conking out.
The next night the same thing happens. However, I only tossed and turned until 1200 this night. My response to not having slept was not what I had hoped for. At ten o’clock I was not tired anymore. I was tired until eight then it just went away. How I got to sleep that night I will not tell because it is dangerous and no one needs to ever do it.
Sleep Disorder Symptoms
What To Do
How to Get to Sleep
There are just as many ways to go to sleep as there are sleep problems. The best one I know of is to meditate. Meditation allows your mind to free itself of all things. To start with it is best to concentrate on your breathing, by slowing it down. Think of nothing but breathing in and out. The goal behind this method is to allow you to clear your mind of all thoughts but your breathing. With time and patience you can accomplish this.
The next method is to do something productive but boring. Although I love to read and find myself often times transported into the story, I find this to be a very effective method to fall asleep. Reading while lying down will usually put you to sleep in short order.
How not to get to Sleep
By no means at all should you ever take pills to fall asleep unless prescribed by a doctor. You must follow the directions explicitly. If the pill bottle says to devote eight hours of sleep to a pill, then do just that.
I used to take sleeping pills when I struggled with insomnia real bad. I tried to get to sleep on my own and couldn’t. So I took a sleeping pill at midnight, knowing full well that I had to be up in four and a half hours. I also knew that the pill required eight hours to wear off. Anyway, I woke up at four and got right to the day. As I was taking my morning pee, I started to get light headed. Luckily I got to finish my pee before I passed out. I went down hard and scared the hell out of my wife and kids but I assured them that I was ok. They didn’t believe me and called an ambulance to get me to the hospital.
So it is ok to use sleeping pills if you follow the directions closely. One more thing you should never do when confronted with insomnia is drink it away. Don’t drink booze to get to sleep, because it can cause night terrors and inebriation.
Most of my insomnia has been caused by psychological events that my mind won’t release. The first and less common of the two is the whole time zone sleep cycle stuff doctors talk about all the time. Yes I did have trouble adjusting to the different time zones from Iraq but after six weeks of constant ten o’clock bed times my cycle got back on track. I still had troubles sleeping but it was caused by a traumatic event that happened in Iraq. If you can imagine it was very closely related to the war, and I still have troubles with it today as I cannot let it go. I have however learned to block it as much as possible.
If you are reading this late at night because of insomnia, rest assured that you are not alone in your struggles. Go see a doctor to talk about remedies for this inconvenience.