Yay! My first rant blog!
Alright, I don’t know how many of y’all suffer from insomnia, but lately it has been kicking my butt.
I have never been a good sleeper, but lately I have been unable to sleep at all at night. Last night for instance I could not get to sleep until 4 AM.
4 AM…. 4 AM!!!!! I had to wake up at 8 for a full day of school and internship. I desperately wanted to sleep, but I just couldn’t. I even tried that “try to stay awake and you will fall asleep” trick. Nothing, Nada, Zero, Nothing. Did I already write Nothing? I am really tired.
So to start solving a problem, you need to understand it. WebMD lists two types of insomnia:
- Primary insomnia: Primary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem.
- Secondary insomnia: Secondary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems because of something else, such as a health condition (like asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn); pain; medication they are taking; or a substance they are using (like alcohol).
I am pretty stressed out, but I have had issues sleeping even before I had any stress to complain about. I think that makes me a primary insomniac.
Insomnia is also defined by how long it lasts for. Acute Insomnia is short-term and usually stems from some surprise life event, medication, or sleeping changes. So for example, “I got off the plane from Japan and my boss told me I was fired so I popped a Xanax and stayed up all night”.
That’s a little extreme, but you get the point.
Chronic Insomnia stems from long-term psychological issues or severe discomfort when you try to sleep. So it’s like having a terrible sunburn that won’t heal and becoming depressed from it and not being able to sleep EVER because all you can think about is how much the sunburn is ruining your life. Something like that I guess.
So I would suggest that since I sometimes sleep alright and sometimes don’t, I fluctuate between chronic and acute insomnia.
Let’s look at the factors pertaining to this now. My father has sleep apnea, so maybe I need to get tested for that. I also drink a lot of caffeine (which I am trying to cut back on, friggin’ Red Bull), but I try not to drink it anywhere close to bed time. Maybe it is sticking in my kidneys and my body is having a hard time getting it out? I also have a lot of stress right now as the semester is coming to a close.
Maybe it is a combo of all three, all I know is I need some sleep pronto.
I have tried Trazedone as a medication to help me sleep. It was a small dosage prescribed by my doctor, but I seemed to have a backlash from it worse than what I was treating it for. I pulled an involuntary all-nighter after a week on the pills. My dad said he had the same reaction as well after trying it.
If you suffer from the same thing, comment with your own story. Also follow me and I will try to go to the doctor and get some answers and post my findings. Also if you are a doctor, please tell me what the hell is going on. I would really appreciate it.
Anyways I am going to bed now (hopefully), and I hope you are too. Have a good night and sweet dreams. Thanks for reading.
Wish me luck.