Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter I is For Insomnia

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

Insomnia (according to Web MD)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep

  • Waking up too early in the morning

  • Feeling tired upon waking

To read more click here.


I have had trouble sleeping and staying asleep my whole life. Part of my problem is that I am a night owl. Always have been since I was an infant. My mother wished a child just like me on me and I got one, actually 2. The third, even as an adult falls asleep when she gets in a car. She is the one that fell asleep in her dinner quite often as well.

For me, nothing works. I have tried prescription medications, all of them. At first Ambien did work, but it wasn’t meant to work long term. I tried the natural things such as Melatonin and that made me hyper and just the opposite. Benadryl would make me drowsy in the beginning, but like most things quit working. Currently my anti-depressant helps me fall asleep although I can’t stay asleep. I am up every hour or so at least.

I am 62 and have resigned myself to sleeping when I can. I am on disability and don’t work so unless there is a reason I have to get up during the day I sleep during the day and am up almost all night. I went back to how I was when I was younger. I am a night owl and not much I can do about it.


Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

4 thoughts on “Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter I is For Insomnia

  1. writershilpa

    So sorry you have had to suffer from insomnia, Tessa. My mum suffers from it, too…she has a very disturbed sleep and is often awake when the whole world is fast asleep.
    I used to suffer from sleeplessness until last year. I would be up and awake at 3 am and then no amount of reading or counting sheep would help me go back to sleep. I discovered I had anxiety disorder and my doctor prescribed meds to help me find relief from my anxieties and sleep better. Now, since some time, I stopped taking this pills and try breathing exercises to help me sleep.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      I am lucky to sleep in small bits. Not refreshing at all. It is like napping all the time, but I do sleep better if left to sleep on my own schedule which is days. I don’t know if it is linked to the fear of the dark or not. I can sleep with full sunshine coming through the windows. I don’t need dark to sleep. And there are nightlights throughout my apartment.



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