I’ve been working really hard with my therapist on my sleeping issues. I’m doing a bunch of CBT exercises, meditation and pre-sleep rituals. Things have gotten a little better because I’m falling asleep more easily, but I’m not sleeping full nights. I wake up way too often or sometimes I wake up super early and then fall back asleep without realizing it. It has not been fun.
Insomnia is a real issue, and we’ve already talked about how serious it can be. Not sleeping can really affect your health, which is not good. I’ve dealt with sleep problems before, but this is the first time where I’ve been dealing with them for this long. It’s really annoying when people who have no idea what insomnia is like try to weigh in on it. If you know someone with insomnia, please do not say these things:
1. “Have you tried cutting down on caffeine?”
Don’t you think I’ve worked on my caffeine intake already?
2. “Just take some melatonin!”
Melatonin doesn’t necessarily make you fall asleep. It helps regulate your sleep rhythm so if you’re having trouble falling asleep, it might not help. Also, yes I’ve tried it. And ZzzQuil and all those other sleep aids.
3. “I’m so tired.”
LOL SURE. OKAY.
4. “There’s this stuff called Sleepytime Tea!”
Don’t even speak to me.
5. “You look tired.”
THAT IS SO NICE THANK YOU SO MUCH.
6. “There’s no way you don’t sleep.”
Yeah, I’m just making this up.
7. “Take a bath before bed. It’ll help you relax!”
If baths were the solution, I’d sit in the bath until I pruned.
8. “Count sheep!”
9. “Pretty much everyone has trouble sleeping.”
Yeah, no. Insomnia also isn’t just trouble sleeping. It’s literally not sleeping.
10. “Have you seen a doctor?”
What? I never thought of that!
Do you have insomnia? Do people ever say these things to you? Tell us in the comments!