John Crace, in the Guardian, discusses insomnia, along with an “expert” who says the “NHS ought to be providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat it.” Oh bollocks! CBT is snake-oil for the 21st century! Anyway, some of us already know all too well why we can’t sleep, so having it explained to us by some numpty is no help at all.
As for all the smug, simplistic, buggers touting running or walking, as a cure, well, they might like to bear in mind that for many of us neither is an option. Nor is exercise in general even possible for many of us.
Neither, in my own case, is going to bed – at any time – an option. Thanks to a bunch of respiratory and heart problems, if I lie down I lose a fairly important ability – I can’t breathe.
For 10 months I’ve slept – or not – sitting up on the couch. The pain this causes, after a while, in both butt and spine, has to be experienced to be believed.
There is also the risk that if I sleep, I’ll die, which keeps me awake. In truth, the risk is no greater than when I’m awake. I know this – it doesn’t help! I also know why that is – awake, I might be able to summon help in a crisis; asleep, I’m history.
The fact is that insomnia can have many causes that are far more serious than a failure to eat the right size meal at the right time (which is rubbish anyway, as I know from experience), or to exercise until tired – for many of us, simply existing is exhausting.
And we still can’t sleep – there’s no easy solution, and for some of us, even drugs are out.