Here’s what I found on google and made out of it:-
Disclaimer: This cannot and shouldn’t serve as your official source of information. We’re all just learning and not teaching here.
/in-som-nia/: 1) Habitual sleeplessness, inability to sleep
Symptoms: You can’t fall asleep or you can’t stay asleep.
Types: 1) Acute- 1 night to a few weeks on and off
2) Chronic- A long time
Causes: pills and potions (Sing it like the way Nicki Minaj sings or don’t say it at all), hopeless sleeping habits, anxiety, depression, stress, noises(?), overthinking (?)
Treatment: 1) Identify cause and treat it.
2) Make a proper sleep schedule and stick to it
3) If you can’t bear it, go to your doctor. Do. NOT. Self. Medicate.
Is it self-diagnosable? Yes. Should be blatantly obvious that you aren’t sleeping as much as you should.
Can you pop pills to sleep better? Heck, no. Not unless they’re prescribed by someone with a valid medical registration.
Should you be listening to me? NO. Debatable.
Over the past couple of weeks, my whole country has been observing a nation wide lockdown owing to the growing pandemic raging outside of our four walls. Naturally, it means we sit at home all day, looking at the same faces for 16 hours daily. Let me repeat that for you slowly. 16 hours a day.
While the rest of my family gets away with having to only get past that 16 hours, I on the other hand have been taking it up a notch. I sleep for four hours a night and spend the remaining four in bed, looking at my sister peacefully asleep beside me APART FROM the standard 16 hours. I don’t enjoy not sleeping, I’m not a weirdo.
Why then, you ask? While this week has been a struggle, I’ve slept 15 hours a day every day of the last two weeks.
The scholars are right about messed up sleeping habits and how they take a toll on your sleeping schedule. That should explain why I have fast paced thoughts at 2 am and dozing off into my breakfast at 10 am.
To combat this problem and not make a habit of getting used to sitting like an owl for four hours before sleeping for another four a night, I’ve devised a scheme to trick myself into making healthier choices.
1) Tire self out and not sit on the butt all day.
2) Take A nap instead of multiple and if really needed, only.
3) Maybe invest in a sleeping mask to stop self from reading too much into shadows (?)
4) Try and keep away from any excitement a good hour before bedtime.
5) Moms and dads around the world are right. It’s always the damn phone. But since I can’t do away with it, I’m going to explore the ‘night mode’ option.
What hasn’t worked for me: 1) Music- Of any kind. I get excited however soft and calming the music is.
2) Rain sounds, ocean sounds, wind sounds- I might be the only person that finds it creepy to be stuck in the rain, on a beach or somewhere windy by myself. So no to that.
3) Meditation- I can’t control the death metal concerts in my head.
I need foolproof ideas at this point.
Here’s Nancy providing 10 Tips For Troubled Sleep During Lockdown