August 23, 2017

Insomnia


Here’s a free collection of resources about insomnia- Insomnia blogs, videos, support groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who have insomnia, etc.

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Insomnia Blogs

Here’s a list of insomnia blogs- blogs written by insomniacs, or are about insomnia.

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National Sleep Foundation sleepfoundation.org/insomnia 2017
WebMD webmd.com/sleep-disorders/..insomnia 2017
Mayo Clinic mayoclinic.org/..insomnia 2017
Insomnia Land insomnialand.com 2017
Medical News Today medicalnewstoday.com/articles/9155.php 2017
Wikipedia Article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insomnia 2017
eMedicineHealth emedicinehealth.com/insomnia 2017
The Sleep Doctor thesleepdoctor.com/blog 2017
MedlinePlus medlineplus.gov/insomnia 2017
SHUTi myshuti.com/news 2016
Insomnia Relief Almanac insomniaalmanac.blogspot.com 2010

Insomnia Support Groups

Insomnia Support Groups On Facebook

  1. Insomnia Support Group (11,489 members)
  2. The Insomnia Lounge (2,838 members)
  3. Sleep Disorders Support & Advice (2,605 members)
  4. Insomnia Issues & Solutions Worldwide (1,355 members)
  5. Insomnia Maniacs (1,031 members)
  6. Insomnia Club (982 members)
  7. Insomnia/Sleep Disorders (904 members)
  8. Chronic Insomnia Support Alliance (552 members)
  9. Insomniacs Group (258 members)
  10. Insomniac Facebook Group (220 members)
  11. Chronic Insomnia Group Global (217 members)
  12. Club Insomnia (190 members)
  13. I Can’t Sleep / Insomnia Cafe (102 members)
  14. Insomniacs (88 members)
  15. Insomnia Members Club (71 members)
  16. Insomniacs Support Group (71 members)
  17. Insomniacs United (58 members)
  18. Insomnia No More (40 members)

Other Insomnia Support Groups And Forums

  1. PsychForums Insomnia Forum
  2. DailyStrength Insomnia Support Group
  3. Insomnia Land Forum

Insomnia Survey

We’re surveying people about their experiences with insomnia. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*This information is not meant to replace medical advice, and the information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Name, Age)


**Click here to share your experience with insomnia**


Insomnia Symptoms

What symptoms have you experienced?

  • Inability to sleep from 2-5am, waking up early in the morning if I do sleep around 5-7am, tossing and turning, bad dreams. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Relapsing insomnia and oversleeping, chronic fatigue, brain fog, sleep pattern disruption. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • Maintenance insomnia. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • I can’t sleep at night, thinking. (Sophia, 36 years old)
  • Insomnia, fatigue, feeling distracted, frustrated. (Mel, 38 years old)
  • Not being able to sleep, or stay asleep. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • Difficulty falling asleep. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Restless, no sleep for days at a time, sometimes I go a whole week without sleep. Nervous. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • My body likes to sleep between 3 am to 10 am. This is not conducive to a normal life. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Causes

Is there anything you believe contributed to your insomnia?

  • Not that I know of, it has been like this since I was a child. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Definitely CFS and fibromyalgia. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • PTSD. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Family issues. (Sophia, 36 years old)
  • Depression, anxiety. (Mel, 38 years old)
  • Stress. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • Too much studying, then no regular hours to go to bed, and wake up. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Yes. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • I’ve had insomnia since I was five years old. My father had cancer and would often times go to the hospital in the middle of the night, since I was a child I would get taken to a relative’s house, the next morning I would wake up not knowing where I was. It was very upsetting. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Facts

What are some interesting facts about insomnia?

  • There are different types of insomnia. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Insomnia can be due to many things, but sometimes it can be due to a hormone imbalance or deficiency, so everyone should check that before they start taking pills. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • It sucks, and affects anyone, no matter the age. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • When I married my current husband, my insomnia left for several years. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Pain

What’s your experience with emotional and physical pain?

  • I get stressed and frustrated when I can’t sleep or sleep regularly. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • I am in a constant low level of pain, and suffer from depression. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • It’s a bit more physical than emotional. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Have had lots of emotional pain, a bit physical as well. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • I had some emotional pain, but insomnia was there much before. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Isolating myself from friends and family, depression, severely high anxiety. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • I had an ulcer at 7 years old, was diagnosed with depression at 16 years old, I’ve also been diagnosed with two herniated discs, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, sciatica, IBS-C and fibromyalgia. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Difficulties

What are the hardest aspects of living with insomnia?

  • Being up alone all night. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Not being able to think straight sometimes, and having low levels of energy. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • I wake up too early in the morning and can hardly sleep for six hours. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Controlling the crankiness. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • Working the next day after no sleep, lack of concentration, power, transpiration and even pain. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • People do not understand the depth of being tired. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • Being tired all the time, being irritable for no reason. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Advice

What encouragement/advice can you give other insomniacs?

  • I don’t know. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Sleep whenever you can, if you are able to. An hour nap in the middle of the day is better than no sleep. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • Live with it, and learn how to manage it. Don’t let it consume you and become a source for stress and depression. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Try to have regulate program as much as possible. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Find a relaxer- like music or books. (Denise, 49 years old)

Insomnia Diet and Exercise

What’s been your experience with diet and exercise?

  • I don’t have a good appetite, working out helps me be tired. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • I haven’t found either help long term. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • I am average and not an alcoholic. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Very little. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • Exercise in the evening makes insomnia worse. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Both diet and exercise have been ok in moderation. (Denise, 49 years old)

Insomnia Treatments

What’s been your experience with treatments (medication, etc.)?

  • None. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Amitriptyline helps me with my pain and insomnia to a point. I can’t feel sleepy without it. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • I took quitapine and valdoxan for two months, and then quit cold turkey and now my sleep is let’s say, just ok. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Medication. (Joanne, 39 years old)
  • I take pills from time to time, but the next day (night) after the pill, it’s impossible to sleep. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • It doesn’t work. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • I was put on sleeping pills at age 8, and to this day I will not take a sleeping pill. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Recommendations

Anything you’d recommend for someone who has a hard time falling asleep?

  • Deep breathing. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • Don’t stay in bed tossing and turning, get up and do something. (Marie, 29 years old)
  • Learn to live with it, and manage it. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Melatonin. (Sophia, 36 years old)
  • Try to have regulate sleeping program. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • Music, dark room. (Denise, 49 years old)
  • Don’t fight your body trying to go to sleep. (Tammy, 53 years old)

Insomnia Resources

What specific resources have you found most helpful?

  • Google, YouTube rain sound videos. (Nya, 25 years old)
  • YouTuber bignoknow. (Shimon, 29 years old)
  • Go to bed before 1AM. (Dan, 46 years old)
  • For myself, music. (Denise, 49 years old)

Insomnia Stories

Share your insomnia story.

  • Just trouble waking up so early before the alarm, I almost killed myself three times, took escitalopram to manage depression and my sleep. Remained the same, but I’m no longer frustrated about it. (Shimon, 29 years old)