What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”
Blessings by Laura Story
I went through a season a few months ago where I dreaded the sunset. Seeing the beauty of the sun going down beyond the horizon was gone. All I saw was night time coming, which meant hours of frustration. I just wanted to sleep. Yep, just sleep, nothing more. Yet, sleep evaded me. Ever felt that? Ever suffer from insomnia? Well, it sucks. Totally sucks.
For a while, I had been living on only 2-3 hours of sleep a night. I don’t really know why, but I do have some suspicions. Part of the reason could have been due to going off and then back on my anti depressant medication. Part of it could have been over commitment. Part of it could have been going into a busy, demanding season. Regardless of the reason, it sucked. Did I mention that?
Suggestions to Combat Sleeplessness
During the night, my bed became a torture chamber. I would lie awake, willing myself back to sleep. When that didn’t work, I’d pray. Next, I’d read. Finally, after hours of failure, I’d get up and watch a movie. I watched a lot of movies during that season! Very well meaning friends offered a ton of great suggestion; a warm bath, sleepy time tea, magnesium, prayer, melatonin, exercise, etc. And finally, when nothing else worked, there was sleeping medication. At one point, I had to go that route just to keep my sanity. Thankfully, I didn’t have to use medication for long, as my sleep did eventually get back on track.
Have you ever suffered insomnia? How did you manage?