Sleep isn’t easy for everyone.
Sometimes sleep issues go way beyond good old sleep deprivation caused by young children or an awesome social life. Not to mention the poor person trying to sleep next you bearing the brunt of your sleep issues.
Sometimes sleeping issues are medical. Frustratingly the treatment usually involves maintaining a regular sleeping pattern (or hiring a night nurse or waiting for your children to grow). Other times you need to enter sleep treatment where your sleep is monitored to figure out why you are waking up exhausted.
You don’t have to have insomnia or sleep apnoea to be a problem sleeper. You could have a silent sleep disorder. One you haven’t even heard about yet.
Have a look:
1. Sleep Paralysis
At first my mum didn’t believe me.
Each afternoon I’d take a nap on the lounge in front of the TV. I was working a job with odd hours and struggling to stay awake until bedtime. At first it helped. Then the sleep paralysis began.
I’d wake up but be unable to move. My brain was awake, my ears were awake, sometimes even my eyes were awake but for the life of me I could not move a muscle.
It was like being frozen.
From the outside it might have looked like I was sleeping peacefully or even starring at the TV. Inside though I was panicking, willing my arm, my leg, anything to move.
I could hear everything that was going on around me, I just couldn't move.
Sometimes I'd fall back asleep and then wake up and be able to move. Other times my body would eventually unlock itself and I'd feel sweet relief at being released from the terror.
I became scarred to sleep in case it happened again and when my mum tried to urge me to take a nap when I was tired and cranky I tried to explain what had been happening. She didn't believe me.