Insomnia — or whatever this is — really sucks

I’ll have to research what qualifies as insomnia, but whatever it is that keeps me awake at 2, 3 and 4 in the morning is not fun.

The good news is, since I’m awake at these hours more often than I’d like, I have time to do the research. But for the past several hours I’ve been too annoyed to do so. Another time, then.

When these sleepless nights hit, the next day is virtually shot. The fog settles in around my head and never quite clears. On the days I can scoot home for lunch and squeeze in a short nap, it’s somewhat of an improvement, but still more or less a lost day.

Work and other parts of my life suffer — including writing, which I’m sure is happening right now — and it takes a day or more to get back on track.

One of my strategies is to force myself to go out for a run, something I love and need to do for training. After a rough night, the run is partly to push myself so that I’m tired enough to sleep the following night. But sometimes that backfires — I crash too early in the evening and end up wide awake at 3 a.m.

Of course there are other blogs and books to read, baseball scores from west coast games to catch up on, and local crime news to gawk at on the hometown web sites.

I know there are many who find themselves in this predicament, so any suggestions are welcome. Right now, since dawn is breaking, I’m going for a run.

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About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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13 Responses to Insomnia — or whatever this is — really sucks

  1. Jim I have no suggestions. When I can’t sleep I ‘think’ it is anxiety. Oddly I find that the tv playing in the background helps me sleep. It’s like the noise distracts my brain from being able to wonder about things I don’t want to think about. Fortunately it isn’t chronic any longer. I hope you rest well tonight.

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  2. Jim McKeever says:

    Thanks, Colleen. We have a humidifier going, and that helps drown out noisy neighbors, but doesn’t always lull me back to sleep. We’ll see if the 4-mile run I just returned from helps any tonight!

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  3. Call me – I’ll join you on the run!

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  4. markbialczak says:

    For me, it’s a racing mind, most of the time negative things kicking around the brain. Sorry to say, I have no solutions, Jim. I try to lay still and fool myself into believing “pretend sleep” will help me be less foggy the following day. I hope the run helps this evening.

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  5. Dennis Harrod says:

    Ehmann used to call that the “3 a.m. question of ‘where did I go wrong?'” One thing that I found used to work was to breathe but count each breath and focus on that and only that. As your mind begins to wander you call it back to the number I don’t know if each breath in is one and out is two, but it worked for me for a while; now I spend the rest of the day wondering where I went wrong). I have a nice chair in my office if you want to take a nap. I promise to be quiet because I’ll be asleep behind the desk.

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    • Jim McKeever says:

      Thanks, Dennis, I will give the number/breath idea a shot. I still owe you lunch. Or maybe a middle-of-the-night meal at a poorly lit diner.

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      • Dennis Harrod says:

        One of the best (sleepless) nights of my life included a middle-of-the-night meal at a diner in Pittsburgh, PA. Beautiful bridges.

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  6. lundygirl says:

    When noise keeps me awake I use ear plugs. They sort of work. I find it helpful to know I have something I can turn to.

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  7. Jim McKeever says:

    Thank you, Rachel … if someone were to invent brain plugs, that might work for me! If not, I suppose I should just get up and write, as I did this morning.

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  8. Oh that Monkey Mind.

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