Sleep is very important. It is precious. If you’ve never been close to tears from trying to sleep you won’t understand. (Hey sleepers, don’t judge…) Insomnia is one of the worst things you could ever wish on someone. The effects are terrible to say the least. Your productivity and health are negatively impacted.
I have to be careful not to disrupt my sleep patterns. Believe me, the reminders are not kind. Getting my sleep patterns is one of the most challenging things ever! (<– See what I did there? An exclamation mark. Something I haven’t used in a very long time) Earlier this week I messed up my sleep patterns and this post (among others) is a product of insomnia.
I wish I had the gift of sleep many have… When insomnia happens I can only stay in bed and stare at the ceiling for so long.
I’ve figured out some of the reasons for the sleepless nights. Sometimes it is because I’m fighting an idea. The idea wants to come out and I keep trying to tell it to shut up and return during the following day. But I’ve discovered that some of my ideas don’t have working hours. (Those who get ideas in the shower know what I’m talking about… Is there any weird place you get brilliant ideas?)
Other times I’m just plain worried about something. Sometimes it takes me long to figure out what I’m worried about. Insomnia makes one slow and stupid…
When I can’t sleep I read in bed. I’ve had to learn to force myself to read fiction. Non-fiction just makes my mind more active. Sometimes I think I’m wasting time and decide to be ‘productive’. So I try to get out of bed as quietly as I can so I don’t wake Ingrid up. (She’s one of those generally blessed with sleep…)
One of my favorite places in the whole wide world, besides the newly found Medium platform, is at my desk. I sit there and write. I love writing. It is hard, excruciating but I can’t help it… I just love writing. So, I get to it. I write a line and rewrite it fifty different ways and eventually one ends up with a blog content that could be a tome if bound…
At other times, when I’m battling insomnia I study. I do research for my assignments and work on my assignments…
Ah, suddenly the “insomnia inconvenience” has been turned around. There are challenges and inconveniences that are easy to turn around. Everyone has his or her insomnia. This is not about weaknesses. It’s about regular or occasional inconveniences you encounter.
The question, well questions, my insomnia has for you:
What is your insomnia?
What do you do with your ‘insomnia’?