Why Don’t They Sleep? A Basic Guide To Understanding Insomnia

Your roommate is going on day 3 with no sleep, and you wonder how on earth they are functioning. While they have managed to get 5 hours of sleep total, you are mustering up the strength to get out of bed on a 7 hour nights rest. What’s the deal? Is there a super power someone forgot to tell you about?

For as long as I remember people have been telling me how lucky I am that I don’t “need” sleep. They describe the struggles of needing at least 7 hours a night or they can’t function the next day. Every time someone grumbles  about how they have an early bedtime, one saying always comes to mind:

“you always want what you can’t have.”

To be fair, I do get more done during the hours of 11 pm to 6 am than any other time, but that coincides with the foggy mental state during normal hours. So, to put both parties at ease on the “superpower” that is insomnia, I am going to provide a simple guide to how insomniacs, like myself, do it.

What is it Like Not to Be Able to Sleep? 

The biggest problem with believing insomnia is like a “superpower” is that it implies that insomniacs decide not to sleep. This is utterly false. Hours will pass by while we lay staring at a wall, and soon the dark sky turns to an orange and yellow haze. When the realization comes that you have to go another day without sleep, I guarantee we are not happy campers. Click here to know why.

The Mind on E

We all know the moment when our car’s gas tank light comes on. At that moment, you feel deflated as you must take the time to fill back up or get stuck in the middle of a street. The same can be said about an insomniac’s mind. I hate feeling tired, but I also dislike the need for sleep. Sounds counter intuitive right? Click here to find out why it isn’t.

Oh, The Places We Go!

Click here to take a journey with me on the random events that happen once the clock strikes midnight. Unfortunately, there will be no glass slippers involved. However, I did step on a glass cup once if you want to count that.