I have spoken about sleep before, a few times. I am a nagger though, repetitiveness is often the name of my game, so here I am again rambling on about napping…
Napping is often what we do at night, rather than sleep. Just take short naps and then awake, fighting to return to our sleep, or fighting sleep… or nightmares… or night terrors, that awakened us so cruelly.
Insomnia is very common, there are many things that can cause it.
Waking quickly, our bodies locked in a ridged state, totally unable to move, a night terror having just ripped through our mind, leaving us in a very aroused state, panicking. We can have panic attacks whilst sleeping also, and then awake so quickly, wanting to escape, to runnnnnnnnn… but our bodies are locked, paralyzed, our minds are so confused.
Does this sound like a scary movie?
Unfortunately it is not.
Sleep can be very elusive and when it starts to hide from us we suffer.
Depression and insomnia carry strong ties. Though a lack of sleep may not cause depression, it will deepen it considerably. Over longer periods the likelihood of this happening increases considerably.
Mental Disorders, though may not cause insomnia, in round about ways contribute to it. ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, OCD/Anxiety disorders, being prime examples, and of course PTSD. But insomnia can also weaken us and studies now lead to the possibility of longer periods of insomnia increasing our chance of developing a disorder.
Get a snack, this will be long….