The Persistence of Insomnia

February 1, 2012

Seems like although winter has already settled in, I am impatiently awaiting for spring to gracefully reemerge only for summer to barge in the seasonal revolving doors.

I have been noticing that more and more people are complaining and confessing that they are tired of being tired, as they yawn while waiting for their coffee to brew.

Some make the conscious decision to lack sleep; such as myself, as I have recently been getting use to surviving on 5 hours of sleep a night for the sake of this blog (which will one day become a full-blown Website I must add). Others might suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but will surface as social butterflies when summer comes around, without increasing their hours of sleep. Others might even lack sleep for the reason that they are victim of circumstances they have no control over. Irritating noises can be so aggressive that even after attenuation; they can still be piercing in our minds. Children, the Sandman does not exist and there is no fairy that will wave her magic sound proof wand in circular motions around your bed. Whether it is your partying teenage neighbors, the out of control dog down the street or even the dysfunction couple that loves to break up to make up, do not waste a minute, call the police or the city.

The unlucky ones suffer from insomnia. Even if I have met and talked to people who were insomniacs, I will (thankfully) never grasp the agony that comes with that condition. An optimistic personally might view all these sleepless hours as “extra free time” and get things done, such as laundry, finalizing a thesis, cleaning, putting together a new playlist, etc.

However, it doesn’t take long before the early signs of sleep deprivation creep in. No matter how positive one can be; having to deal with headaches, depression, muscle pains, fatigue, clumsiness, irritability, blurred vision and even pseudo-psychosis is no laughing matter.

Iris Murdoch, the author, said it best: “There is a gulf fixed between those who can sleep and those who cannot. It is one of the greatest divisions of the human race.”

Sir Winston Churchill even named his insomnia: “black dog”. Well, his black dog was possibly a Pitbull bred with a Doberman. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 (during WWII) and returned from 1951 to 1955 (during the Korean War). He is the only British PM to have received the Nobel Prize in literature, the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States; and he also acquired various honorary titles of knighthood and military along the way. But let’s not forget that Churchill, until this day, is the 5th most prolific murderer in history only behind (in order): Mao, Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot.

To all you insomniacs out there … World Domination!

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One Response to “The Persistence of Insomnia”

  1. Anne said

    Insomnia…my constant companion over the years….but that kind of friend also pushes me to get this done…not a bad friend after all

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