I have suffered from insomnia for years, which was also another reason for drinking. While the sleep was not good quality and disturbed, at least to some extent it was sleep! I cannot even tell you the amount of nights that have been spent with eyes wide open, tossing and turning in anxiety only to drift off into a comatose sleep around 4 am. Ironic isn’t it that one can be so tired and yet be unable to sleep? The depression and tiredness on waking is indescribable and the desire to carry on sleeping is overwhelming.

This is, of course, a vicious circle and thankfully for me, the small dosage of Seroquel (while being hateful for its binge side effect) helps me get a good 5-6 hours of uninterrupted sleep (unfortunately I always wake after 1 hour with this un-suppressible hunger).

My doctor prescribed sleeping pills at one stage but they did not really work and also made me zombie-like on waking. Whilst it is very difficult when you are exhausted and depressed, my advice is to try not to sleep too much in the day. This inevitably curtails sleep at night but it is imperative to restore your natural sleep patterns. Oh! And no! I am not one of those middle-of-the-night geniuses who uses their sleep deprivation positively by writing great novels! I simply fester in bed getting more and more frustrated. I suppose it makes sense to get up and make some tea but I do not seem to be able to do this.

Again I draw your attention to a clip on ‘’Ted Talks’’ by Russell Foster called  –‘’ why do we sleep?’’

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