Essay About Insomnia

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Insomnia is a type of sleeping disorder that many people suffer from. It is the inability to get sleep, stay asleep, or get good quality sleep. Some people, like me, suffer from this disorder without even knowing it. Waking up many times during the night or only being able to sleep a couple of hours a night is classified as insomnia. There are ways to help with this. Including keeping your room dark or listening to calming soft music as you fall asleep. In the book Psychology: An Exploration, there is a list of rules for sleep. Not taking naps during the day, setting alarms at the same time every day, and only using the bed for sleeping. That means no doing homework, watching TV, eating, or playing on your cell phone while in bed (Ciccarelli,…show more content…
I figured I was just bad at sleeping, but I learned in class that I have insomnia. I can’t sleep throughout the night, and it takes me hours to even fall asleep in the first place. So to help cure my insomnia, I tried all of these things. I conducted a mini experiment that lasted four days. I made sure that I was using my bed for sleep only. During the week I left my apartment to go do my homework in the library instead of sitting on my bed and doing it. I also moved my TV to the living room, so I wouldn’t have the option to lay in bed and watch it. When it was time for bed, I put my cell phone on my night stand right after I set my alarms. I set my alarm for the same time every morning, and I tried my best to get to bed at the same time every night. I started this experiment Wednesday morning when I got up at 7 a.m. Of course I felt tired and very groggy, wanting to just crawl back in bed for the rest of the day, but that night I made sure to follow all of the rules in my bed, and I proceeded to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. During the night I woke up the same amount of times as usual, 3-4, and then I went right back to sleep. The next morning I still felt the same as before. Knowing I wasn’t able to take any naps during the day made this a lot more challenging to complete and follow through with. The next night I kept the same routine and managed to sleep almost all throughout the night except for one time when I woke up. I kept doing this for the next two days and, finally, on those last two days I slept all throughout the night. I noticed that later on in the week I found it easier to fall asleep, instead of my usual lying in bed for an hour before I actually get to sleep. The last night of the experiment was Saturday night. I had to bartend at the pub here on campus until 2 a.m. so I didn’t get to go to bed at the same time, but when I got back from work I was so exhausted that I had no problem, at all, falling asleep. As
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