What Do You People Know About Insomnia?

I’ll help you answer that: Nothing. Want me to repeat that? You people DO NOT KNOW shit about what it’s like to suffer from insomnia! I don’t know about you, but every time I log on to my Facebook or Twitter account at a certain time of the day—let’s say after 10pm—there just have to be some dumbasses posting about how they lost the ability to sleep and think that is enough to be “having insomnia”.

What most people don’t realise is that insomnia is a serious disorder; it can be a potentially life-threatening condition because it messes with a process needed to recover your body from…well, whatever your body was doing the whole day. It doesn’t require a specialist to tell you that sleep is one of the major activities that can prevent an early death. Coincidentally, Nas once said that “sleep is the cousin of death”, but this isn’t about metaphors, so let’s move on.

I really need to stop depending so much on Wikipedia for my posts, but it defines insomnia as:

…a general term describing difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia can have many causes, including psychological stress, a poor sleep environment, an inconsistent sleep schedule, or excessive mental or physical stimulation in the hours before bedtime…

Seems pretty clear-cut, doesn’t it? Well, some people seem to think that because you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, its insomnia. No it’s not, that means you’re not tired. Go watch TV, read an encyclopaedia, crash the car and listen to your parents’ lecture, just do something that WILL make you sleep, damn it!

Another “symptom” is being unable to sleep at night because you slept during the day, therefore you have insomnia. Really?! Come on, people! How this defies public logic is beyond me, how do you expect to doze off at midday, wake up at 5pm and hope to asleep AGAIN by 10pm? That’s like drinking coffee then downing a cup of sugar because the coffee wasn’t sweet enough. Speaking of coffee…

You drank 16 cups of coffee and now you can’t sleep? Well, what in the fuck did you expect, genius? Caffeine is a stimulant that promotes somnolence. In other words, you drink it you’ll stay up. Matter of fact, you should take the coffee and— you know what, I don’t even know I’m going on about this, let me conclude this piece.

This is one of the things that annoy me the most about social networks, mostly the people in them, but it’s all the same. If you’re gonna post that you can’t sleep, go ahead. But if you’re gonna claim to be an insomniac after one night, keep it to yourself or prepare to be destroyed. Unless you got a ghost living with you, you ain’t saying shit!

I’m going to bed…