Here is the personal account of someone who suffered from chronic insomnia for 10+ years.
Some excerpts from his story…
My most common negative sleep thoughts were the following:
- I know I won’t sleep well tonight.
- I’m going to toss and turn and be wide away like I usually do.
- It’s going to take me forever to fall asleep.
- If I wake up in the middle of night, I’ll never get back to sleep.
- I am powerless against my insomnia.
- Sleep is very difficult for me.
- Having to sleep is a terrible thing.
- I’ll be a wreck tomorrow if I don’t sleep.
The cognitive and behavioral techniques that I developed and used to combat my insomnia have worked for me, better than I ever thought they would. I was an anxiety-ridden sleeper for at least ten years, but with the help of my approaches I have become a good sleeper and have remained one for the several years.
Yes, I have the occasional bad sleeping night, just as anyone does. But I have learned how to not the unpleasantness of such a night spiral out of control.
Worries, stress and anxieties about attaining sleep and the consequences of what will happen if I don’t sleep used to be a major part of my life. I have now minimized them to where they are nothing more than an infrequent small annoyance. I am now able to live a much more fulfilling and happy life without insomnia holding me down.
For me, there was no “magic bullet” to control chronic insomnia. It took an entire toolkit of ideas and techniques, developed over time, to get control of it.
If this man’s story resonates with you I suggest you read his full write up. He does a great job of explaining in detail some parts of this treatment.
If you’re looking to improve your toolkit for dealing with insomnia, the books below make great options: