It’s not the midnight sun or the moonlight shadow that keeps me awake until the wee hours of the morning. I have noticed that I’m becoming a night person more than ever. It’s worse when I’m working cos I have to get up early and this makes me tired and drowsy the whole day. I always have books on my bedside table so that when I can’t sleep I just grab one and read until I feel sleepy. But it takes hours before my senses get tired and retire to sleep. I always thought I had insomnia, but when I checked the symptoms, my sleeping problem could not be considered as insomnia.
Here are some indications that one is suffering from insomnia:
Difficulty falling asleep, which can mean lying in bed for up to an hour or more, perhaps tossing and turning, wishing for sleep to begin. Yes, I do suffer from this.
Awakening during sleep and having trouble getting back to sleep. I must admit that I could fall into deep slumber the moment I close my eyes to sleep. Even when I wake up to go to the toilet I could get back to sleep easily.
Awakening too early in the morning. This is hard for me to do. I have difficulty falling asleep, but I have difficulty getting up early in the morning, too. Even when I fall asleep after 12 midnight, I still manage to have enough sleep to make me feel good the next day.
Feeling unrefreshed upon awakening. I do feel this when I need to and forced to get up early after long hours of being awake the night before.
I always believe that having enough sleep is the key to working productively in the day. Although I don’t have the symptoms above, I feel that I am at risk to having insomnia. And the only solution I can possibly think of is to lock myself in the bedroom early when I need to wake up early the next morning. If you wonder what time I did write this post, it’s 3am and am still not sleepy.