Mental Health Monday: Insomnia Redux

7834597_origAlmost nine years ago I wrote a post (for my old blog) about anxiety, insomnia, and related matters. I titled it “Once You Know Where True Is.” I re-read that post this morning, having been awake since 3:30 a.m. I can usually trace the source of my (infrequent) insomnia to anxiety, and I think that was the case again last night/this morning.

 

I spent some time on the internet researching possible causes. I worked out on the elliptical machine. I read. I watched Law & Order reruns. I watched the house turn from dark to light (a happening that I’m rarely awake for). And now I’m exhausted and a bit nauseated and it’s almost 8 a.m. and time for me to get started on my day. So instead of writing more for this post, I’ll just encourage you to click on the link for the post from 2007 if you want to read more. Please come back Wednesday… I’ll try to be awake!

 

5 comments


  • I understand. Since my husband died in Feb. 2016 the insomnia has been relentless. Hang in there and remember when the body is tired enough, the brain will shut down. I have learned that in the last 4.5 months.

    July 11, 2016
    • Oh, no, Alison. I’m so sorry. My insomnia is rare… months apart, not consecutive nights. I can’t even imagine. Hang in there!!

      July 11, 2016
  • Hmmm…I’m reading this and the linked post at 5 AM, having been up since 3. I struggle with insomnia frequently. While some of it is stress/anxiety, some of it is also flares of a couple of chronic medical conditions. I’m glad to hear that your insomnia is infrequent. Wishing you many nights of good sleep to come.

    July 12, 2016
    • So sorry, Joanne. I Googled insomnia (when I couldn’t sleep Sunday night) and noticed that certain medications can cause it, but I’m not on any of them. Have you checked that? Also a number of medical conditions, as you mentioned, but if I have them, I’m unaware…. Thankfully I slept well last night… for 9 hours!

      July 12, 2016
    • Thanks for the suggestion, Susan. My insomnia isn’t medication related; I’m fortunate that I don’t yet require many health maintenance meds, although I admit it would be nice if some effective meds were available for the symptoms that sometimes keep me awake..

      July 19, 2016

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