One day we go to bed tired from our day eager to go to sleep when suddenly we find ourselves tossing and turning. After playing tug of war with our bed sheets for what seems like an eternity, we finally give up and open our eyes. We start to stare at the ceiling wondering why we cannot go to sleep. We feel tired and sleepy but our brain seems to be wide awake. Looking at the phone we notice that we have lost an hour already and we still cannot fall asleep. We start thinking maybe I should get a chamomile tea or sleep aid supplement, but between the indecision and fear that being up and about will make it that much harder to get to sleep another hour passes by. Our anxiety levels are starting to rise as we think of the next day and what we need to do. Then we realize we can’t miss work we have meetings or appointments already set. Now we try even harder to fall asleep and just when we feel like we are finally starting to doze off, we hear a noise. We open our eyes and feel the need to investigate what it was. We turn on the light and after some time we don’t seem to find the cause of the noise we turn off the light and try to go to sleep once more. Then our body feels uncomfortable and we move around to get a better position until we find ourselves staring at the ceiling again. We check our phone and notice another couple of hours have passed. It appears that we can’t fall asleep no matter what we do. This ends up being an endless cycle until we finally fall asleep when suddenly the alarm rings and its time to wake up and start our day. We get up and start our morning routine almost in “autopilot” because we are so tired from not being able to sleep. We get to work and try to go about our day, but we don’t feel like ourselves.
Everyone has experienced insomnia at some point in their lives. We never know when it will happen but after it does, we are left feeling exhausted. Going through, the day without sleep is very difficult. Our brain feels like it is in a fog. Some may describe this feeling like a walking zombie. Due to the lack of sleep our eyes may get black circles under them and we may look a little paler than usual. Which in some cases may not only make us feel like a walking zombie but looking like one too.
Now we may wonder is there a way to avoid having insomnia at all? Well,there have been many articles written on the subject. Most of them advise similar solutions. Some solutions include the following: avoid smoking, drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages and eating large meals before bedtime. Also try to avoid screen time at least 2 hours before going to bed or make sure that all electronics have the blue light filter on and are not within view while going to bed. Other articles advise using home remedies to combat insomnia like make it a routine to drink a chamomile tea every evening. Or try doing a mediation routine before bed to clear your mind of stress.
Trying those solutions or starting those routines may greatly increase our chances of avoiding insomnia all together and help us get the much-needed restful peaceful sleep we all really need.