I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
So, the other morning I took the dog for a walk in my PJs. I realize in this day and age, it’s not that shocking – I mean, I regularly see people out shopping in actual stores wearing their PJs. The thing was, I didn’t realize that I hadn’t gotten dressed yet until I returned from the walk and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I had been up until 2 am and then got up a little after 5 am and was exhausted.
I’d love to tell you that I was working up a storm and had gotten so much work done that I didn’t have to sit in front of my computer again for days, but that isn’t what happened. I actually turned in around 11 pm and then proceeded to toss and turn for hours. So not only did I not get a ton done while I couldn’t sleep, I also was incredibly unproductive the following morning. Well, except for walking the dog.
I always feel better when I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
When I find myself having trouble dozing off or waking in the middle of the night, I also find myself making stupid mistakes and even getting sick more often. And I know I’m not the only one – I see those 2 am Facebook updates my friends are posting! It is actually a pretty widespread issue with 4 million Americans suffering from chronic insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep and the inability to stay asleep throughout the night.
I swear, there is no lonelier feeling than waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. As much as I want to wake up my husband to complain about not being able to sleep, that just seems mean. And thank God for Netflix, because there is nothing on TV at 2 am!! The funny thing is that, even though the most common form of insomnia is waking in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep, so many people don’t refer to it as “insomnia”.
In fact, although over 60% of Americans regularly suffer from insomnia symptoms, only about 20% identify it as such and less than 12% have been diagnosed by a doctor.
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