There is no bigger enemy to sleep than insomnia, and it’s hard to know exactly what it’s like to deal with if you don’t have firsthand experience.
1. “Tired” means something entirely different to people who deal with insomnia.
2. It’s not just about having difficult falling asleep — staying asleep can be the issue, too.
3. And tbh, just because they can sometimes sleep doesn’t mean that sleep is actually high-quality.
4. Dealing with insomnia can get seriously expensive.
5. “Have you tried…?” YES. Melatonin, booze, limiting blue light, limiting screen-time, every natural sleeping remedy under the sun — chances are, they’ve tried it all.
6. Sleep medication isn’t a cure-all.
7. And when meds do work, relying them can be a big source of shame, worry, or a whole new set of symptoms.
8. You might be tempted to be judgy about an insomniac’s caffeine intake, but oh my god, it’s none of your business.
9. Same with late-night phone and TV habits!
10. It’s an extremely common — AND ANNOYING — misconception that insomnia is a choice. Which, no.
11. On top of sometimes being a result of anxiety, it can also be incredibly anxiety-inducing on its own.
12. It’s nice of you to try to relate by sharing your own sleeping woes, but unless you actually deal with it, don’t try to compare your occasional trouble sleeping to insomnia.
13. Just because someone got a “normal” night of sleep doesn’t mean they don’t have insomnia — it can happen in cycles.
14. There’s really no such thing as catching up on sleep when you’re an insomniac.
15. No, insomniacs aren’t ~lucky~ to be able to stay up all night.
16. In fact, feeling weighed down by exhaustion all night and not being able to sleep is a special sort of torture.
17. Or you can be filled with so much restless energy that you don’t know what to do with it.
18. Going without sleep can have a serious impact on your mental health.
19. And it can impact your personality and how people perceive you.
20. Honestly, insomnia affects pretty much every part of your life.
21. Frankly, it just…really sucks — so if you don’t deal with it, be kind and try to understand what it must be like. And if you do deal with it, remember you’re not alone.
By the way, if you think you might be dealing with insomnia too, it’s definitely worth checking with your doctor. Many things can cause insomnia, from stress to certain disorders, and your doctor will best be able to help you figure out what’s going on so you can get the sleep you need. In the meantime, you can always read more about insomnia here.