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Discussing the difficulties with insomnia and feeling fatigued all day but wide awake all night.

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What It’s Like to Be Exhausted by Day, Wide Awake by Night


When you get a good night’s sleep, you wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day full of energy, and when the day is over start the process all over again.

But what if sleep doesn’t refresh your body, refill it with energy?

What if you’re unable to sleep at all?

I am exhausted all day long, with no improvement.

I used to try everything – coffee, energy drinks, espresso, naps…nothing helped.

And then, when it comes time to go to bed at an acceptable hour, I’m not able to sleep, even though I’m so worn out I don’t want to get up to use the bathroom.

I sit up all night, praying I drift off into the darkness that I dream of.

I wake up in the morning and realize I only got three hours of sleep.

Some days are not as bad; I’ll admit it.

Those days I do more than usual, like go to the store, go outside with my dog and spend more time standing up than sitting down.

And I feel great about myself that day. Then, the next day, the fatigue sets in again.

It is a hard thing for friends and family to understand, me being tired all day, every day.

I have trouble maintaining a regular job, keeping plans, and making it to every major holiday with family…the list goes on and on.

I’m thankful for the good days that I have, even though they are few and far between.

It gives me something to look forward to on the days I’m stuck in bed wishing I could be outside, swimming, walking, basking in the sunshine and just being the normal me.

Written By Lauren Eline

Originally published: May 31, 2017
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