Daylight Saving Time: A Nightmare for Insomniacs
If you have insomnia, odds are your sleep schedule is not much of a schedule. It is more of an idea of how you wish you could sleep.
It is the dream of a schedule. Regardless, time changes can majorly disrupt your sleep time even if you are not sleeping.
Springing forward means losing more than an hour
Let me start with the whole springing forward in spring. I do not lose a single hour of sleep. Until I adjust, I lose around 3 hours of sleep. That is a lot of sleep when you average between 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night. It leads to many days in a daze. I am certain many of you have this same issue.
While the entire world complains about losing an hour of sleep, I would feel lucky to only lose an hour. Fellow insomniacs, can you imagine getting 7 hours of sleep? It sounds like a dream. We are stuck in a nightmare. We are tossing and turning and worrying over that hour vanishing and stealing most of what precious little Zs we manage to get.
Falling back does not give me an extra hour of sleep
Falling back in fall does not add an hour of sleep to my sleepless nights. It never fails that my body starts adjusting to the shorter days long before the time changes. I am awake later and later as the big day approaches. Once the time actually changes, I was already losing a couple of hours of sleep. Gaining an hour does not happen in my world.
I am sure it has something to do with the changes in daylight as the days grow shorter and daylight dwindles. My brain kicks into overdrive and keeps me awake later each night. It takes a while to regain some sense of normalcy after the time changes. It is a nightmare.
Insomna is bad enough
Insomnia is bad enough on its own. Throw in time changes, and it is enough to drive you mad. Time changes are hard for people who do not have insomnia, but it is extremely difficult for those who do. It leaves me exhausted and frustrated for weeks.
Time changes are a major disruption
I have had insomnia since I was a teenager, and it has always been this way. The circadian rhythm seemed like something my mind rebelled against. I never thought I had any kind of rhyme or reason to sleeping until I started paying attention to time changes.
My body does adjust to changes in the hours of daylight, but not in the way it should. It balks and keeps me awake longer.
Coping with daylight saving time
For all of you who also suffer from insomnia, I feel your pain. I know how rough time changes are. So, pour a glass of your favorite overly caffeinated beverage and toast to people who do not know our troubles. May they all sleep soundly while we stumble through the nightmare of sleeplessness. May we all join them in getting a good night’s rest, or at least find a way to stay alert and act like we slept.
Do you have any tips for how to handle time changes? How does it affect your insomnia? I would love to hear any suggestions you have for either getting enough sleep or coping with losing more sleep. Join our community and share in the comments below.
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