Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Enough Is Enough

Last night at this time I was standing in line to get a burger. Tonight I'm lying down in bed trying to turn my sleep schedule around.

If you follow me here or on Twitter, you know what a raving insomniac I am. After a bout of sickness last December, my schedule was flipped far out of control—even worse than the moon in Space: 1999. Without the benefit of a cute Mia with mannish sideburns to magically fix things, I've been left to my upside down fate. 

I've worked hard on the project this month, and that has only made the schedule worse as I did all my heavy writing in the still hours of the night and made a habit of it. But I can't keep on this way. This is why I've stayed up for 26 hours. I'm finally tired and ready to crash. It seems to me that I will need to make flipping my schedule a priority for the next few days. I truly feel my insomnia is a key obstacle in my life.

Sleep fatigue makes ADHD & my motor tic disorder worse. It dampens my writing as well. Perhaps with better sleep I'll also feel more like myself again. A lot of life has lost its savor for me lately.

How do you deal with insomnia? Do you use medications to regulate it, or do you live with the upside down schedule?

UPDATE: Only five hours of sleep. I can address the going to bed part of insomnia, but I'm not sure what to do about the staying asleep part.