I’ve been having terrible insomnia lately. I’ve never really had a normal sleep schedule–I’m the sort of person who would sleep from 3am to around noon if left on my own. Obviously, that doesn’t really fly with school/work in the morning, so I’ve been making do with five to seven hours at night (usually in bed by midnight), then a nap of two or three hours in the afternoon, when I’m done with class or whatever. During the day, I’ll fall asleep with no trouble at all–in class, reading a book, doing homework. I’m always exhausted. (I know I don’t have mono, although I did have it a couple years ago, and I’m not anemic and my thyroid works ok, so it’s none of those.)
I’ve also always taken a long time to fall asleep. It’s at least an hour between when I get in bed and when I actually fall asleep, usually more. Since I came home for the summer, it’s been completely impossible for me to get to sleep. I’ll go to bed around midnight, and not fall asleep until four or five. I’ll toss and turn, and I think about all kinds of stuff, and sometimes end up crying or having an anxiety attack.
I’ve been dealing with severe depression for a long time, but it’s been really bad since my winter break. Obviously, the insomnia is part of it, and I’m being treated, but my doctors and I haven’t found a solution yet, so I’ve been taking sleeping pills. I took Ambien for a couple weeks, and it was amazing–it took about an hour to kick in, and had some side effects that I didn’t mind very much, but I would fall asleep, and stay asleep! However, my psychiatrist didn’t like the side effects, so he switched me to something called Restoril. This doesn’t do a damn thing. I don’t fall asleep for hours anyway, and then I have weird dreams about arguing with people. I’m not happy with this at all.
Anyway, have you had insomnia? What was it like? What do you do about it?