Insomnia: Enemy in Me

Like millions of poor tormented people in the world, I suffer from insomnia,
or as I like to call it, the Enemy in Me. Unfortunately for my brothers and
me, The Old Man passed on his wretched pension for not sleeping at night.
Ironically, he could easily fall asleep in any chair no matter where he was.
In general, a true insomniac's brain just won't shut off when it needs to.
This condition usually causes one to lie in bed, eyes wide open, staring
into the abyss. On the nights I really can't sleep, I get agitated to the
point that I feel like my brain is going to vibrate out of my skull.
So, if you are on this same burning boat that I am, I have a few of tips for
1. Don't exercise before bed. It sounds like this would be a good tip to
help you to get tired. It doesn't. Your brain is all hopped up on
adrenaline, ready for a full night's feast on the thoughts of the day.
2. Take sleeping pills sparingly. I really haven't found sleeping pills to
be very effective. I might fall asleep fast after I take them, but I'm
usually up by 3 am staring at the walls. Nothing destroys my chances of
sleeping like popping a couple of Tylenol PM's. These little bastards are
like over-the-counter crack. The few times that I've taken these, the
restlessness and overall fidgeting that I suffer, makes me want to take a
header out of the bedroom window. There are some herbal sleep remedies that
I've tried. They work to the extent that they can get you to sleep. They do
wear off pretty quickly, and then you are awake with a vengeance.
3. Eat a bland snack about an hour before bedtime. I find that a glass of
milk and piece of wheat bread can sometimes help me sleep. Don't ask me how.
4. Music. I've tried listening to music. It has helped on occasion. Use
headphones as not to disturb anyone. But if you're on this site, you
probably live alone anyway.
5. Alcohol, yeah baby! Pretty much this is really the only way I can shut my
brain down long enough to get a good night's sleep. Sadly, this may turn you
into a raging alcoholic. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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