Stressed? Exhausted? Anxious? I bet if you are suffering from any of these afflictions, you have felt the straining grip of insomnia. Insomnia will keep you up for hours on end, even if you are exhausted and tired. It just seems like you can’t turn your mind off, racing at 120 mph, while you just lay there counting the hours off. While there are many medications to try and treat this problem, sometimes you cannot afford or don’t feel comfortable with it.
Being a salesman, I stand around all day with no physical activity. Also my childhood is filled with abuse and depression. It is no surprise that I suffer from insomnia. Laying awake at night, tossing and turning, and running through things in my mind. It is much worse if I have a clock to look at, I can count down the time until I have to wake up and go to work, wishing I had slept. Then when I get to work, I get to force myself to stay awake, so I can come home, and have a place to try and sleep. As a teenager I had been prescribed medication for anxiety and depression. This all only seemed to make things worse. Side effects like stomach aches, sweats, and getting lightheaded, along with not helping my problems, I knew it wouldn’t last long. I needed to find ways to relieve my problem on my own.
When you are forced to cope with your problem, it just becomes another thing that you deal with, and eventually feels like it is normal to you. Living with this demon on your back will definitely not let you sleep. When I began coping with my problems, I learned a few things that helped me along the way, and continue to help me, to this day. Exercise. No one wants to hear it, but if you can’t sleep at night, try a rigorous workout routine. Students and office workers especially would benefit from this, as sitting in a classroom or office all day, will leave you with a ton of energy. After I had began exercising and expending all of my daily energy, I found sleeping to be more of a privilege than a task.
I myself also suffer from social anxiety and in coping with the problems that come with that, I would feel uncomfortable all the time. Laying in bed at night would leave me with my thoughts on previous interaction in the day, and how I came off. “I hope they understood what I meant.” or “I hope they didn’t take that the wrong way..” playing through my head all night. When I began venting to people and talking with them, I noticed my stress levels began to go down. One thing I have retained from my childhood years is the saying, “Worrying won’t help any, especially if you have alot to worry about.”