I have insomnia.  I get to sleep, but I just can’t stay asleep.  I have been to the doctor for it, but because I can get to sleep, they can’t medicate for it.  Also, most of the time, my bladder is what wakes me up.  If I am medicated to sleep, I’m not going to want to have to wake up fully to change the sheets in the middle of the night.

I try to be more active during the day, so that it tires me out at night.  This helps me fall asleep, but doesn’t always help me stay there.  I used to just get up when I woke up, and I would head to the gym.  If it is too early, though, I end up exhausted at work, and will be cranky.  Or I overdo it with coffee and I bounce off the walls.  It’s easier to just attempt to fall back asleep, but then I don’t make it to the gym, because I’m waking up at the time I need to get ready for work.

I live with the insomnia.   I have found different ways to deal with it.   I used to try to ignore the fact that I had to go to the bathroom.  I learned that it just wakes me up more if I think about and I need to just get up.  The same with getting a drink of water.

Turning on the tv doesn’t help, because it takes both listening and watching.  Even when I shut my eyes, I am still trying to focus on the sound, and it just doesn’t work.  Turning on a light to read keeps me awake, too.  It’s too bright, and I have to wake up enough to turn the light off again, too.

The most effective way of getting back to sleep, for me, is to pick up my kindle and start reading.   The light is low enough to keep me from waking up fully and bright enough to read by.   Plus it’s not an active activity, so I tend to doze off after a couple of chapters.


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