I don’t consider myself a problem sleeper, but there are times that I’m just shootin’ pool in my head, waiting to give up and go to sleepl Honestly, last night was like that. I was fast asleep, minding my own business when, “whack” my mind came into my attention and I wasn’t sleeping anymore.
I was thinking about my daughter Arianna, and how she needs to make plans to pack and move back to San Francisco. It was her idea in the first place. Just about 3 months ago Ari decided that Seattle just wasn’t doing it for her anymore and she decided to move back to San Francisco.
Then she fell in love and the plans for moving have not taken priority over plans for dinner, or the weekend or taking a walk. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is wonderful that she fell in love. I love being in love. I also like being asleep.
Then, my mind went over the list of things I didn’t do yesterday or must do tomorrow. But right now I should sleep so I can accomplish the things I need to do today when I get up. So, I toss just a little bit and I try to get into a good comfortable position. Focus on my breathing, right, right, focus on my breathing. Do not think. Let go. There, you are doing it! It’s happening because I don’t seem to be making sense. What, oh no! I’m back!
I don’t really think I have insomnia, I just think I’m not sleeping. Well look out America!
Did you know! According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , about 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year and an additional 20 million people suffer occasional sleep problems. Oh, my gosh…That’s me!
And let’s talk about all of the different sleep disorder you can sample from the sleep disorder table of contents. There are over 70! Yes and guess what, they are in 3 catagories! 1- Lack of Sleep - Insomnia, 2- Disturbed Sleep- Apnea and #3 Too much Sleep - Narcolepsy!
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I’m dodging bullets here. I am holding fast to the little, occasional “can’t get to sleep moments”. Here’s the word we want to run away from “Chronic” , nothing should ever, ever be chronic. You have your “chronic” pain, and “chronic” back pain and “chronic” sleep problem.
Don’t worry though, there is so much information regarding advice on how to get a good night’s sleep and blogs that can commisserate with your about the problem of sleep disorders. Plus, there are a lot of Dr’s blogging now, about their remedies, studies they have found and the consequences for people who are sleep deprived.
Dr. Michael Breus, Ph.D. has all kinds of tools and even a sleep coach on his site, The Insomnia Blog and there are a whole group of “hoseheads” on the Talk about Sleep message boards. So sleep deprivation can be debilitating and actually dangerous to your health, but if you can’t sleep you might as well do a little research and see what other people like you do. At least you are not alone.