Having insomnia is likely to give you a deep sense of jealously towards easy sleepers, and this article from the Metro sums up just some of the struggles that everyone who just can’t get that shut eye can relate to.
1. You’re always tired
It doesn’t make the slightest different if it’s Monday morning or Sunday afternoon because you’re constantly yawning away.
Complete with under-eye bags, and usually a bad temper. Great.
2. Sleep = privilege
For most folks a privilege is something like having Richard Branson attend their wedding, but for you it’s just eight hours’ shut eye.
3. Counting sheep doesn’t work
Whoever said this makes you fall asleep is a dirty filthy liar.
In fact you feel like lodging an official complaint to the local sleep governing body about this whole situation.
4. You’ve tried everything
Herbal tablets, actual tablets, candles, special oils, exercising and relaxing techniques but none of it actually works.
Once again you will report your findings to the local sleep governing body.
5. Everyone notices
Yes, you are aware you look a bit rough, but it’s still mighty annoying when everyone at works asks if you are okay because you look a ‘bit tired’.
Everyone knows this is code for you look like rubbish. Cheers.
6. At least you catch up on important stuff
Having insomnia means that you can pretty much stay up and catch up on things like the latest season of The Apprentice without feeling guilty about missing out on sleep.
- So many calculations
The biggest struggle is calculating exactly how long you have left to try and sleep before your alarm goes off.
Nothing like knowing that you’ve only got three hours left to try and sleep before heading back to work.
8. The constant work out
Tossing and turning in bed is basically your cardio.
9. Constant dread
On weekends you don’t really care that much because you can snooze to your heart’s content the following day but, come Sunday night, it’s a whole different and depressing situation.
10. The frustration
Ultimately at some point, usually around 1am-2.30am, you give way to wave of frustration.
And, yes, your pillow does get punched.
11. Coffee is your worst enemy and best friend
Your relationship with coffee is more complex than Ross and Rachel’s from Friends.
In the morning coffee is the your saviour, but if you accidentally have a cup a little too late in the day you can wave goodbye to getting any sleep.
12. Everyone has advice
Yep, as if struggling with insomnia wasn’t bad enough, this is made even worse by every single person you come into contact with offering you advice.
If sleeping tablets haven’t worked for you, then sprinkling some herbs on your pillow definitely will not.
13. You’re jealous of those easy sleepers
You’re more likely to be jealous of someone who falls asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow than you would be if your worst enemy got the first hover board.
Those easy sleepers don’t understand just how good they got it.
14. New bed = nightmare
Everyone loves the idea of slipping into a fresh bed in a nice hotel, or to sleep in the fancy guest room at someone’s house.
But for you it’s basically like trying to sleep on a bed of nails.
15. You get a bit emotional
Every evening you embark on a whirlwind rollercoaster of emotions.
First it’s hope that tonight might be the night, then this slowly turns into false hope, which eventually leads to tears and a wet pillowcase.