Insomniacs tell all on what having a sleep disorder is really like

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People who suffer from insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, often experience symptoms such as waking up frequently throughout the night, waking up too early or feeling chronically tired.

While this disorder might often be brushed off as something uncomplicated and non-serious, those who struggle with insomnia will beg to differ. Several insomniacs took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to express the real struggle of suffering from insomnia.

Remedying a sleepless night might involve spending your day catching up on the hours you lost:
People think I take a lot of naps because I

Losing sleep might affect more of your overall well-being than you realize:
My insomnia makes it hard to eat and I

Simple questions might seem insensitive to an insomniac:
When someone asks me "how

Sometimes the bleakest of hours bring the greatest self-discovery:
Insomnia is a blessing and a curse. I

Alone time can get old at a certain point:
I think the worst part about my insomnia is the loneliness that comes with it

You know your insomnia is a huge problem when it bleeds into other aspects of your life:
I have insomnia and have to withdraw from classes this semester. I feel like such a failure

The most common practices might feel completely foreign to an insomniac:
After years of insomnia sometimes I feel like I forgot how to fall asleep

Being awake for so many hours on end can really get to a person:
I

Having insomnia while being afraid to sleep puts you between a rock and a hard place:
I have trouble sleeping. I

The disorder is more complex than many people give it credit for:
I hate when I tell people about how I have insomnia they tell me "just sleep". If you broke your arm telling it to "just heal" won

Employers might not recognize being tired as a valid excuse for an insomniac:
I

Anxiety-provoked insomnia is a twofold problem:
I

It might take suffering from insomnia to recognize how basic the function you're missing is:
I get jealous of my dog when I hear her snore at 3am while I have insomnia

Being so tired might lead to delusions and delirium:
Sometimes my insomnia screws with my head so bad that I start seeing things, like earlier when I ducked to keep from getting hit in the face by a bird. There was no bird there.

For more confessions from insomniacs, check out Whisper.

There might be a light at the end of your dark, sleepless tunnel, insomniacs:
New Sleep Study Giving Hope to Those with Chronic Insomnia

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