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.