The 2:00 AM Insomnia thread

Eyes are burning. exhausted from a busy day. Have taken my usual ambien and melatonin and sleep will just. not. come. Normally I’d just lie in bed feeling frustrated, but tonight I was seriously beginning to worry that I’d forgotten how to fall asleep and decided to get up and take my mind off trying. Ugh.

Any other problematic (non)sleepers out there?


Chronic insomnia and essentially random sleep “pattern” since childhood.

It’s such a bore. Thank god for the Internet.

My sleep pattern changes all the time, depending on what’s going on. Right now both my grown sons live with us again, and work nights. I sleep during Primetime (HAVE to change that or I’ll miss all the new shows) and I’m up as they come in, one after the other. Help them heat their dinner (breakfast?) while they tell me about their day (night?) We disregard the clock and go with the flow. I sleep about 2-3 hours at a time, 2 or 3 times in a 24 hour period. It’s enough, and we all get our “connected” time in. But wanting/needing to sleep when you can’t sucks, and I feel ya.

Right now waiting for No. 2 son. :slight_smile:

Mine is due to a virus and all the coughing it has brought. Upright is just easier on the lungs right now.

Hi. I’m trying and failing to sleep at my workplace, the zoo. There’s 15 kids and 10 dads in the next room. I’m meant to be up at 6 to start their morning program, breakfast and a tour. I can’t go home to my perfectly wonderful husband/bed til 11. Waaah!

No one ever died from a lack of sleep. I feel like I’ve come pretty close, though.

I managed to sleep for about an hour and a half, but now I’m awake again. Phooey.

Unless I take Lunesta or Tylenol PM, I’m awake by 3:30 and can’t go back to sleep, which is what happened this morning. I’ve been up for a couple of hours and am just now having my first espresso. It’s an age thing - I used to sleep nine hours a night, no problem.

I ended up getting a bit of non-restful sleep. Still, this has been going on all week and I’m getting really tired of it. Even when I sleep I’m more tired when I wake up than I am when I go to bed.

Silenus - I’ve slept (or tried to) many a night propped up with pillows. My asthma is acting up right now.

I’ve wondered about asking my doctor for a sleep study, but I don’t know if I could bear that C-PAP mask on my face.


I used to be out of school and unemployed (and not on medication), so my sleep pattern was effed up. I’d get up at noon or later.

Now I’m in school and on medication, so things are better. My sister now has the problem I used to have, though.

alcohol always puts me right to sleep… :slight_smile: otherwise, unless I’ve had an extremely physical day, sleep is a no