Monday, May 19, 2008

Counting Sheep

For the last 8 weeks, I haven't slept more than 4 or 5 hours in a night. I have tried everything from downing NyQuil (which usually knocks me out completely) to warm milk & a hot bath but nothing works. The only thing I haven't tried is counting sheep.

The sleeplessness is a result of stress. And the increased stress is a result of sleeplessness. And I've gotten caught up in a cycle that I can't seem to escape. Fortunately, I am not alone. There are insomniacs everywhere. 

Sleep deprivation has become one of the greatest health risks in America. The effects are, quite frankly, frightening. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep increase there risk for many types of cancer, including colon cancer and breast cancer. The increased inflammation in the body of a person who is perpetually tired can cause strokes and heart attacks. If you are a lucky sleepy person, you only have to deal with mental impairments such as slow reaction time, inability to concentrate, decreased memory and problems processing information. And, whether you are aware of it or not, if you are not getting enough sleep, your emotional response to everything is heightened.

Eight weeks of no sleep. I suppose the longer this goes on, the more at risk I am for death. Not that I am ready for that but, a nice long sleep sounds good. In the meantime, hit me up if your awake at 3AM. I 'll be awake. Just me and those sheep.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for being so honest. I found a tracking device in my car on May 6th and haven't been the same since. I also don't sleep well, I feel as though I'm going crazy. I pray for justice because I turned it over to police and they are going to charge him with illegally installing a tracking device. Hopefully the tables will turn and he will understand he is no longer in control.

Michele said...

wow... i'm sorry you are going through this too. on one hand, it's nice to know someone can relate and on the other, it's upsetting. i hope that the legal system helps bring justice to your case and that you can find a little sleep soon! (Thanks for reading too. Welcome!)