Have you ever sat in bed wondering why you can’t fall asleep? Maybe it was the coffee? Maybe the Netflix running in the background as you close your eyes? When in class and I hear “Scientists say you should get 7+ hours of sleep every night” I just sit there laughing to myself thinking, “On a goodnight I don’t get that much.” I’d like to tell you my experience with sleep. Every night I just lay down in bed feeling tired, but somehow also wide awake. I have insomnia.
I can trace the start of my insomnia back to terrible sleep choices. Right before winter break I started staying up late at night playing video-games, watching TV, or sometimes just lying in the dark thinking about life. I wound up only getting about 2 to 3 hours of sleep every night.
I was getting sick a lot more often, and I was falling asleep in class. The time I could’ve used if I was awake in class for taking notes, group projects, and interaction with the classroom was being wasted. I decided something had to change after I got scolded by my teacher for sleeping in class, which was pretty embarrassing.
I realized that electronics were probably my biggest distraction to sleeping at night, so I decided that I needed to turn off all electronics before going to bed. Since mid-January, this practice has helped improve my sleeping habits. It may not sound like a lot, but going from 2 or 3 hours of sleep to maybe 4 or 5 actually has helped me focus in school a lot more.
I can’t say that I’m completely cured of my insomnia. Now-a-days it seems that the more sleep I get the more tired I am in the morning. Not being able to sleep really teaches me the limits of my body and what I can endure. I have realized how horrible I feel in the morning and I want to change it. Slowly but surely I’m getting there.