After countless years of sleepless nights, I finally talked to my doctor about a sleep aid.
You may think that my insomnia is caused only by my online addiction. That’s hardly the case.
In fact, my entire family is a family of night owls. I grew up in a household where the TV was on nearly 24/7. My father spent many a night in his recliner at all hours of the night.
So to say that my insomnia is inherent is an understatement.
It’s gotten me into trouble more than once– both at the workplace and in other situations. Driving at some hours can even be a scary situation.
Add to all of this a great deal of anxiety (my doctor asked me “Do you worry a lot?” I answered her “I’m Italian. It’s in my nature.”), and you have a recipe for sleeplessness that is rather volatile.
So last night was my first night with my prescribed sleep aid. I popped the tiny, 3 mg pill, and laid on the sofa to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” on my DVR.
As the program ended, I got up, got ready for bed, and proceeded to crash.
And for the first time in I can’t remember how long, I got 8 full hours of truly restful sleep.
Why the hell didn’t I think of this years ago????