APR
24
2006

Insomnia.

Insomnia has to be one of the worst things in the universe. It seems that I've been due for my annual fit of such. Life has been rather stressful lately and while I usually deal well with stress, my body seems to rebel after a certain threshold. I've slept about 3 hours total in the last two nights.

The worst thing about insomnia is that you can't actually get anything done during the time while you're awake. I mean, normally I'd love to only need to sleep a few hours a week. But with insomnia you're just kind of zombified and for me that usually means just laying around in bed wishing I was asleep. Case in point -- this weekend -- no code, reading, music...not even movies, despite having stuff that I wanted to work on. Bleh.

Comments

the best to you. try to scale back your schedule ;-)


By superstoned at Mon, 04/24/2006 - 18:10

If it's a restless mind that stops you sleeping, meditation could at least still the mind to enable you to sleep. At best it could change your life. Here's one Buddhist approach I recently came across:
http://www.shambhala.org/


By dnelson at Mon, 04/24/2006 - 21:20

In the last few years meditation has become an important part of how I deal with what I tend to call "mental housekeeping"; essentially trying to affect either focus or clarity (notably very different mental states) -- along with a number of more conventional activities.

The traditional religious components of Buddhism don't really appeal to me (well, that's perhaps phrased a bit more mildly than I feel -- there are philosophical and major metaphysical tenants that I object to), but there's certainly a psychological component to meditation that can be harvested without the baggage. (And essentially I view meditation in psychological rather than "spiritual" terms.)

That said, I think most of what's going on at this point for me is more chemical than anything else; some sorts of stress causing an adrenaline build up or similar that even when I feel mostly settled I'm not. Still haven't slept (another 12 hours later from the original post.).


By Scott Wheeler at Tue, 04/25/2006 - 00:28