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Insomnia may be something you have heard on television (ie. The Insomniac Theatre) but when it is your reality, there is nothing entertaining about it. Insomnia is a condition that can happen to anyone at any time in their lives and can be brought on by sudden illness, stress, and being under pressure. 

Living with insomnia for those days may seem like weeks and even months. The night seems to last more than 24 hours as you sit in the silence trying to either busy yourself staying awake or busy yourself so you can fall asleep. 

Insomnia can affect your ability to focus; feel rested when you do sleep for any period of time; and can also cause you to become irritable or emotional. It can also lead to hair loss due to the stress of your body not getting enough rest.

There are 2 types of insomnia: Primary and Secondary. Secondary is more common while primary isn’t and is not usually brought on by illness or stress but a condition all its own with no sure cause.

How do you know you have insomnia?

It could be that you wake up feeling like you never slept, are up all night long, or you only sleep for short periods of time. 

Treatments and Remedies

Remedies for insomnia may include mild sedatives that can help you to relax and sleep better. It is also recommended that you decrease or eliminate caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake. 

Other things you can do is to make sure your bedroom is for resting/relaxing/sleeping; avoid heavy meals near bedtime; and try to develop a sleep schedule (bedtime).

Therapy may be prescribed if your insomnia is due to depression, anxiety or stress, but medication is often prescribed too. There are meds that can be taken for a short period of time, like Ativan, which is taken at the onset of the symptoms or you can take long term meds that build up in your system and are meant to help with Primary insomnia moreso than secondary. This is often because secondary insomnia is more than likely caused by something that can be treated or cured. 

Natural remedies such as melatonin and calming teas are often used to help bring on sleep naturally. 

Megan-161My personal story: 

I have been dealing with insomnia off and on for the past month, tonight is one of those nights. There is nothing that can be done until I visit with a specialist next week. 

What insomnia does to me: it makes me nervous and I have trouble focusing and I am just completely wired for hours on end. When I finally go to sleep, I don’t sleep a full night/morning or the recommended amount of sleep. They thought it could have been sleep apnea, but instead, it is my thyroid and who knew such a small body part would cause so much trouble? What I am doing to get to sleep, as best as I can, is to try and relax, clear my mind, and I have found listening to rainfall via an app on my phone, has helped tremendously. I plug the earphones in, and set the sound, and I usually fall alseep within an hour. On other days, I fall asleep before I barely hit the pillow and I never know what kind of day I am going to have.

It is often said that African Americans are “more likely” to have issues with insomnia, but I am starting to think we are “more likely” to have just about anything these days. LOL

We all are human and may at one time or another be faced with a medical issue that affects everything else in our lives. I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know that God is still in control, and He has never failed me! I know that this is a season I am in, and thankfully, seasons do change 🙂