I don’t really remember when it started, but for quite a few years now I’ve been unable to sleep more than about five hours. It doesn’t necessarily matter how tired I am, at the five hour mark my body decides that it’s been long enough and I have to wake up. Now.
I hear people joke about insomnia, or narcolepsy or any of the other few sleep-related issues and I’m pretty certain that they can’t possibly have experienced any of them. In the realm of first-world problems, there’s really not much that screws up your day worse than being exhausted, going to bed, then waking up feeling as if you’ve not even slept.
There are a few factors that contribute to my sleep deprivation that I can adjust or fix. Here’s what I know for sure:
I’m overweight – Though in fairness, even when I was in athletic condition I didn’t sleep very much. But being overweight makes you hurt when you sleep, and my existing sleep apnea is only exacerbated.
My bed sucks – Those people who harp relentlessly about the importance of buying a good bed? They’re right. Listen to them. The one that is recommended to me will apparently cost around $2,000. Who can afford that??
I have serious FoMO – In the tech world we talk about the “Fear of Missing Out”. I have it. I want to be awake and active in the world around me. Sleep seems like an interference.
A sleep study could help – I’ve been told a few times that I should do one. But they’re cost prohibitive even if you have insurance (depending on your insurance). Without coverage they range between $3,000 and $6,000.
Something has to change. This is what I know above all else. I have no problem getting to sleep, I just can’t seem to stay that way.
So for now, it’s 8am and I’m already 3 hours into my day after going to bed at 1am. It seems like a good day for some Faithless.