29 Struggles Only People Who Have Insomnia Will Understand
If I fall asleep now I'll have FOUR hours' sleep.
You spend the day feeling like this.
But the second you get into bed this happens.
You lie awake at night calculating just how many hours' sleep you'd have if you FELL ASLEEP RIGHT NOW.
And then you don't fall asleep.
You check the time throughout the night and literally want to kill yourself as the hours go by and you're still awake.
Then the birds start singing and you know you have an hour till your alarm goes off. Thanks birds.
As soon as you do get to sleep, something is sure to wake you up.
It's really not unusual to survive a whole day at work on just two hours' sleep.
You feel like this most of the time.
Coffee is now your best friend.
People constantly ask if you're OK because you look "shattered".
"No, really, you look so tired."
"You really should go to bed earlier, you look tired".
When people say they understand because "Sometimes I can’t fall asleep till like, midnight."
It's almost as bad as people saying, "Oh I can't relate at all, I fall asleep as soon as I get into bed, if anything it's annoying."
You try to feign interest when people suggest having a bath/milky drink/reading before bed.
Tiredness makes you emotional. Things get outta control upsetting.
It also makes you hungry. In fact, you just feel permanently in that hungover GIVE ME CARBS stage.
You've been called lazy because you have a lie in at the weekend - mainly because you didn't fall asleep until 5 a.m.
Oh, by the way, weekends are also pretty much a write-off.
You've experienced emotions ranging from anger to despair when you've tried EVERYTHING to try and sleep and nothing works.
You have begged for sleeping pills.
At some stage you've even counted sheep.
You dread any time when you have to sleep anywhere other than in a bed.
You feel so happy when you meet someone else with chronic sleeping problems.
Every time there's a new theory on how to beat insomnia, thinking that this will be the one to help.
SPOILER ALERT: It never is.
But just remember when you're still lying awake...
There will be one night sometime soon when you will sleep. And nothing feels as good as waking up the next morning.
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