January 13, 2012



Insomnia often leads to sleep deprivation, which causes you not only to be tired but also to feel irritable and lethargic and have difficulty focusing on tasks.

People with insomnia (that’s me) become anxious about sleeping. We worry about not getting enough rest; for some, and this describes me…. just getting ready for bed makes me tense and uneasy and that is exactly what I experience. I panic just walking into my bedroom knowing from experience, all the issues that lie ahead of me for the evening. And, not surprisingly, these feelings make falling asleep enormously difficult.

Everyone has an occasional sleepless night. And a mile-long to-do list makes getting a nightly 8 hours of sleep a challenge. However, for more than 40 million people in the U.S., their chronic lack of sleep is the result of a sleep disorder and poses bigger risks than dark circles under the eyes. Are you part of my group of tossers and turners? You may also suffer the effects of sleep deprivation.

I just recently went through a bout of 4 days of NO SLEEP at all and then finally last night I got some sleep with the aid of my nightly sleeping pill, they do not always work because I’ve been on them for so long. Walking around like a Zombie is not pleasant. It put a halt to my regular daily routine and I didn’t dare go behind the wheel until I finally achieved some very much needed rest…...sigh!

My husband was sound asleep the minute his head hit the pillow. Most men sleep just fine.

I recently viewed on Diane Sawyer’s segment on this topic for women regarding insomnia and a recent study for over 10 years is now completed making doctors aware of the seriousness of insomnia…previously, they would just ignore us or give us a script that after a while, it just stops working. Doctors don’t know too much about prescriptions. They rely on that big book in their office to look up a drug that describes the symptoms their patients are complaining about but they have no clue about the side effects or which one actually works best. I’ve personally seen them do this when I worked in an office of Cardiologists.

I recall once during lunchtime and the doctors were also seated in the lunch room, I asked out of curiosity, how to they select which drug to prescribe for their patients when there maybe four or five prescriptions to choose from. The doctor laughed and said, “do you really want to know”. Yeah, I really wanted to know…his reply was “It’s the Rep of the day”. Hmmmmmmmmmm! Have any of you noticed how extremely good looking these Reps are? The women are beautiful and the men are gorgeous! So, your script relies on the Rep of the day…that good looking person coming in pushing their drug from the Pharmaceutical Drug World!

For many, simply changing a few nighttime routines and lifestyle habits and practicing good sleep hygiene relieves sleep difficulties. But for those whose sleep problems are ongoing and disrupt daily life like me require more treatment. If you suffer from chronic sleep problems or aren't satisfied with how you're sleeping, hopefully your Primary Healthcare provider can help pinpoint the cause and work with you to find an appropriate sleep therapy. Good Luck, I’m been suffering like this for well over 11-12 years. No doctor has been able to help me so far.

I decided to revert to alternative medications from Health Food Stores. If any of you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Keep in mind, I have tried just about everything out there, from old wives tales to doctor’s suggestions of sleeping in a dark room, keeping the room at 68 degrees, do this and not that, yatta, yatta, yatta.

I believe in the power of prayers. I also decided to bring God back into my life. We all stray away from church and it’s time I go back. I need to feel secure again and to stop letting problems rent space in my head. I need to be number one again and care about me again. So, that is on the top of my “To Do List”!

I'd also like to thank God for bringing good friends into my life!


  1. Funny thing when I come here I go up and down the side bar for a wink from Rose. One day I expect your picture to wink. LOL I don't always remember, but is the 'walk' new? Had to watch your signature kid raise her eyes and smile.

    Both Sherry and I have sleepless nights, but thank goodness nothing like insomnia. Since no work schedule is involved, thank goodness we can just read.Now Sherry must read herself to sleep, so that means the light stays on most of the night, so I have adapted a sleep mask, works good for me.
    I also agree about the REP of the day and the big book, isn't it a pitty that our health rests on something that unrelated.

    Hope you eventually find that real 'Help'.

    Love from here.
    Sherry & Jack

  2. I've never had a problem with sleeping. Even on bad days if I read awhile, I'll just drift off into a deep sleep. I do sometimes think it is a matter of faith too. Some of the reading I do is my little prayer book that is on the night stand. I try to avoid most medications as they often have weird side effects. What is they say...count your blessings instead of sheep and sleep will come.

  3. I sleep pretty well for 3-4 hours most nights, then am just restless. Hope you find some relief.

  4. I have alot of sympathy for you. INSOMNIA is tough to deal with. It must be so frustrating. I know people who have MANIC episodes. They are up for days at a time, with no sleep too. I'm a night owl. Up til dawn, then sleep til noon and that's that. Have no BIG advice, except this... sometimes the temperature of the room makes a difference. I HATE sheets that are too hot/too cold. I also meditate about an hour before I try to sleep, draining my brain of the day's events. I hope you find a cure. GOOD LUCK.

  5. I have been there. But my was from sinus problems. Once I had surgery, problem went away. Mark, has this problem from time to time. I make warm milk for hm, with a little honey, nutmeg and a few drops of vamilla extract.

  6. I can't remember the last time I slept eight hours. Then again, I can't remember what I had for breakfast.....