Archive for October 22, 2011

Do you, or have you ever suffered from insomnia?

In the last number of weeks I’ve found that I’ve had a lot of nights where I’ve really struggled to get to sleep. Some nights I’ve gone to bed totally shattered but then lay there for hour after hour unable to sleep, and gradually getting more and more frustrated and tired. Other nights I’ve gone to bed totally shattered and fallen asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow, however several hours later I’ve woken up and then been unable to get back to sleep for several hours…again getting more and more frustrated and tired.

Why is it that some times sleep comes so easily to us, but other times, when we’re just as tired, we just can’t seem to fall asleep?

Here’s the dictionary definition of insomnia:

  • Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time
  • Chronic sleeplessness

We all need our sleep. Some of us can survive on just a few hours sleep a night, while others require a number of hours sleep every day.

No matter how many hours sleep we need, if we can’t sleep it’s frustrating particularly as we often realise the impact it’s going to have on our ability to do what we need to do the following day.

Personally I think my recent bouts of insomnia have been caused by all the things that are going on in my life, either directly with me, or with other members of my family. It can be hard at times to completely “turn off” all the thoughts and emotions of the day when we go to bed. In fact it can often be the time when our mind becomes even more active about the things we are anguish about as during the day we may have been so busy we’ve not had time to think about all our concerns all day, so they come flooding back when we go to bed.

When we manage to get to sleep but wake during the night and then find we can’t get back to sleep, I find it hard to understand what’s going on. Is it that in our dreams we’ve been thinking about our concerns so when we wake they’re at the forefront of our mind?

Events and circumstances in our lives can cause us to be stressed, consciously or unconsciously, so it’s times like these we’re probably most likely to suffer from insomnia.

So if you’re an insomnia sufferer, maybe it’s time to try some relaxation therapies before you head to bed as, if we’re relaxed and stress free when we head to bed, we’re far more likely to get a good, uninterrupted night’s sleep.