I reach out to the bedside table and feel around for my smartphone. I have it on the lowest light setting because I’m aware that blue light on any computer screen can disturb sleep rhythms. I confess that I don’t always remember putting my phone on Airplane mode to cut the EMF (electric & magnetic fields) radiation.
I recognize that just having the phone in my bedroom is not recommended and contributes to sleep disruption. Reading reports that more and more people are becoming trapped in a phone-addiction state, I’m beginning to wonder if I might be one of them. Ouch.
It’s now 3 am. Then 3:30. Then closing on 4 am. I’m still wide awake with scattered thoughts flying around like autumn leaves in the wind. At this point, I will typically tiptoe to the guest bedroom and settle into reading, writing, or listening to some soft ambient music.
According to the American Sleep Association, insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short-term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10%. This condition affects 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages.
My mother was a chronic insomniac for at least the last ten years of her life. She would describe her very worst kind of night as waking up one hour after dozing off and not genuinely relaxing into complete rest until 6 or 7 am. Then it was time to get up! Many experienced insomniacs are all too familiar with similar lengthy and lonely nights.
The Sleep Foundation states that most diagnoses fall into two categories:
One of the most common themes with disturbed sleep is that of being over-stimulated. Hyperarousal can be mental, physical, chemical, environmental, or a combination.
If we listed all of the personal reasons why we cannot get to sleep or stay asleep, it could stretch a mile down the road and back again.
To assist with relaxation, the following suggestions have helped me personally. I prefer all-natural with no side-effects.
This is a vast subject, and I have barely scratched the surface. For more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how this condition affects you personally check out https://www.sleepassociation.org
Good Night and Sleep Tight!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are my own views, for the reader’s information and education only. This does not constitute legal, medical, or psychological advice. Where individuals have been named, I have had their express permission to quote them here, or I have changed names, gender, and circumstances to protect all individuals’ privacy completely.