Insomnia is a plague. More fortunate than many, I usually have only about one bad night a week. Last weekend I had two in a row, and then another several days later. It takes its toll on one's energy and spirit. Waking up from a good night's sleep is a blessing, and one I am thankful for whenever it happens.
One question I have is why does it happen? What sets off insomnia? Sometimes I think it is because I am overtired. Other times it might be digestive system upset. Maybe I wasn't active enough during the day? But sometimes I can tell it is just one of those nights when I will not be going to sleep for a long time. Other times I wake after a couple of hours of sleep, and that's it for most of the rest of the night.
Most nights, since I am retired, I can stay in bed with the hope that I might get a couple of hours in the early morning, before 8:00. That helps, but still the next day it's harder to keep going. I am not really a nap person, so I stay up, but find myself nodding off all evening. Tom and I joke that the best way to wake up is to go to bed. We usually read until we can't keep our eyes open anymore.
The other question is what do you do when insomnia hits? I read once that you should give up after 30 minutes and get up. Then what? I sometimes go onto the computer and read Facebook or articles, but I am tired, and won't the screen light just make it harder to go to sleep later?
One thing that saves me is my Kindle. I always have a book loaded that I am in the process of reading.
Because it is lighted, but with light level settings, I can turn it on, prop up my pillows, set the light level low, and read without turning on the light and disturbing my sleeping partner, who rarely suffers from insomnia.
As you can see from the photo, I also set the text to large. It is so much easier on my eyes that trying to read a book.
What is your experience with insomnia? How do you deal with it?