The Joy of Sleep……

After 40 years of crippling insomnia and averaging about 10 hours of sleep a week, a wonderful new doctor has somehow managed to figure out what was wrong and treated it.  I now sleep almost the same in one night as I did in one week.  Every night.

I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this has made in my life.  I have had insomnia since I was a child, and whilst growing up it didn’t seem to bother me, it has become harder and harder to live on so little sleep.  At my worst, I went 3 1/2 months without any sleep.  Needless to say I became quite ill.  I truly thought there was no solution.  I don’t have stress induced insomnia, nor anxiety induced insomnia, or even pain induced insomnia.  The strongest sleeping pills have no affect at all.  I have always described the way I have experienced insomnia to be like billions of wires in my head shooting off electrical impulses ALL NIGHT LONG.  I have never had any problem thinking through five or six different ideas simultaneously, again, all night long.  I have always hated going to bed and for much of my life put it off for as long as possible.  I was often awake as Gary went to work (4.30-5am) and would then drift off shortly after he left to wake as the children rose.

I now sleep from about 11pm until 730am EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.  I now think only one thought at a time (much like ‘normal’ people do), I don’t yawn all day long.  I don’t feel tired at all.  I’d like to say that again if I may.  I don’t feel tired at all.  I have never not felt tired.  This is a completely new feeling for me.  I also don’t get headaches anymore.  I don’t hate my bed.  In fact I was making it one afternoon and actually felt myself longing to be in it for a quick snooze!  This from the woman who wouldn’t have gone to bed even if she was ill.  I love how I feel now.  I love the clarity in my thinking and how easy things are now which I used to find hard due to extreme exhaustion.

However, there is one tiny thing which I miss, and it is the reason I am writing this post.  I simply don’t have as much time in my day/night now.  Just four short weeks ago I was awake for at least 20 out of 24 hours a day, often more.  Now I am lucky if I am awake 16 hours in 24 (Oh my goodness, I actually can’t believe I wrote that!).  The result is that I have less time now to blog.  This is the reason my blog has been a little quieter of late.  And it will continue to be quieter.  I’m not willing to give up my sleep (sleep!!! Yipidee-dipidee!!!) for anything.  I’m not sure the novelty will ever wear off…..

PS  Did I mention I now sleep?

19 comments

  1. That’s fantastic, Claire! I’m so pleased for you. I’m sure you’ll still manage to leave the rest of us behind when it comes to how much you manage to fit into your daily 16 hours!

  2. Wow, that’s amazing! Your doctor is a hero 🙂 I knew you suffered from insomnia but I hadn’t realised how bad it was, and I am now even more impressed at how much you achieved on so little sleep. It’s wonderful that it has been sorted!

  3. That’s really amazing. I have always loved my sleep and really struggle when I don’t get my 8 hours. Becoming a mum was a real shock to my system and having a baby who woke up every 50 minutes (turned out he had sleep apnea and needed his tonsils removed which we did when he was 5 and it cured that problem instantly) was torture to me. I used to pray every night, “Please, God, let tonight be different.” but it never was. So I do know what it feels like to struggle with not much sleep night after night for years – but my whole life?!
    I’m so glad you have found a cure, and I too am curious about that.

    Although I enjoy reading your blog, it sounds like you’ve got a bit of sleep to catch up on, and I think you’ve earnt your rest! Sweet dreams, Cathy

  4. That’s wonderful news, Claire! Like Lucinda, I too have no doubt that you’ll still be much more efficient than many of us even with the increased amount of sleep you do these days. 🙂

  5. That is so great that you’ve gotten some relief! I have never had insomnia to the extent you describe, but I have had occasional bouts that last a week or two and it’s miserable. I can only imagine dealing with something like that long term. I’m so happy for you! Enjoy your rest.

  6. Yay! Sweet sleep, that is such great news! 40 years of insomnia sounds frightful, to be honest! I’m an emotional monster after a couple of late nights in a row 🙂 So happy you are getting much deserved rest and peace of mind.

  7. That is such good news although I am missing your very regular posts. Still feeling rested is more important.

  8. We will patiently wait for your posts while you get your needed rest. No wonder you were able to do so much! I couldn’t imagine being able to cram so much into a day…now I see how you did it. Now, I have the problem in the other direction…I need at least 9 hours of sleep at night or I am exhausted and can’t function. It makes me look lazy…but it is just the way my body is. I am so glad that you have finally gotten the medicine you needed. Hugs!

  9. Have several friends with sleep issues. So happy t hear that you have found help. Your sharing is worth the wait. Peace n blessings

  10. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. A few of you asked how the doctor has helped me. I had discussed with Gary about putting that information in the original post but to be honest feel a bit uncomfortable putting any kind of medical information up. If you still wish to know then feel free to email me and I will be happy to share.

  11. Claire, I am so happy, excited, jumping up and down with joy (well, maybe not actually, but mentally!) for you! I know you will feel so much better. As I get older, I sleep less and it really does have an effect on every part of my life.
    You know I absolutely LOVE your blog, but keeping you healthy for yourself and your family is more important than any blog post.

    Wishing you a lifetime of wonderful sleep!

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