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
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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