If you’ve ever been awake for days on end or found yourself unable to get just three hours of sleep, you might have insomnia. If not, the other insomniacs and I really appreciate that you’re here to support us.
While one in three people will experience at least a mild case of the can’t-sleeps once in their lifetime, for some of us, insomnia is a lifelong struggle that’s trudged through with a combination of meds and lifestyle changes. We cut back on caffeine and alcohol, totally eliminate tobacco, exercise earlier in the day, avoid that late-night snack and create—and try to stick to—a bedtime routine that doesn’t involve screens. It is exhausting, but strangely not enough to put us to sleep.
Not sleeping sucks. And we know your texts, calls and melatonin care packages are full of good intentions, but if it’s not your reality, insomnia can be difficult to fully understand, so please, we beg of you, stay away from these ten things people tend to say—and use our three favorite phrases of encouragement instead. Read on.