The inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.


And sometimes it’s the driving force that makes me write. Like tonight for example – the neighbors on the other side of the back fence are moving out – at midnight. And we all know how quiet that task is…. not.

But it doesn’t take that much noise to keep me awake. A clicking ceiling fan, the train off in the distance, the echo of a yapping dog many blocks away; all echo through the suburban jungle in an effort to keep me awake. And then in the morning comes the birds, owls, chickens, and even more dogs and trains. I’ve written of the animal conspiracy before and they all work together to keep me up. After all, they have the option of sleeping all day while I’m at work.

And even if the neighbors, animals, and trains are quiet, there is he incessant  noise within my own head to contend with. A constant ringing noise, possibly tinnitus, combined with music playing 24/7, is enough to break the strongest willed inmate. But I’ve come to learn how to deal with the noises rather than let them take complete control. Now if only I can get a request played…..


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4 Responses to Insomnia

  1. Kitty Deiss says:

    If you think you have tinnitus, go to a specialist. I had it years ago and it turned out it was related to an ear infection which had long ago healed (improperly). One visit to the ear doctor and I haven’t been bothered by it since.

    I tend to fall asleep just fine but then I’m wide awake sometime between 2:30 and 4:30. 4:30 I can generally live with. But if it’s more like 2:30 and/or I really need to be alert the next day, I take l-theanine. You can get it at the Vitamin Shoppe. They also have Melatonin which helps make you sleepy and can also help keep you sleeping when you’re coming too close to the surface in a sleep cycle.

    If you’ve tried those, or you try them and they don’t work, lmk, there are other things that work for me too. Glad to share and hope it helps.

    • hemibill says:

      I sometimes use Melatonin, which does help keep you asleep, but I don’t think it has anything to do with making you sleepy. A big part of my sleep problems are due to sleep apnea, which I have been tested for and tried several different “fixes” for. The CPAP machine makes my face cold and is too damn loud. I have a “bite appliance” which is supposed to hold your jaw in a forward position, thus keeping the air way open. All it does is make my jaw hurt. I also sometimes use ear plugs but they are only partially effective. Oh for the childhood days when I could sleep past noon!

  2. hemibill says:

    Who needs insomnia when you have the neighbor’s dog barking at the wind at 3:45 am?

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