Diary of an Insomniac: The Good

An insomniac is defined as a person who is regularly unable to fall asleep. It is usually self-diagnosable, which means that you can tell if you are an insomniac. Insomnia has been linked to poor sleeping habits, depression, anxiety, certain medication and lack of exercise. There is no known cure, but sleeping pills help, they should, however, be closely monitored. I am a self-diagnosed insomniac, am that person who is usually online at odd hours of the night laughing at hilarious memes no one will ever find and posting stupid stuff that I usually rethink in the morning. It’s something I’ve struggled with since I was a teenager. Most nights, I fall asleep at 10:00pm, wake up at midnight and that’s it. If am lucky, I fall asleep again at 5:00 am. But I never sleep past 7:00 am, it’s like an alarm clock on my head rings and am up. When I go to sleepovers at my friends’ places or my sister’s, they find it so weird. Sometimes am up for hours before my host gets up. Which is creepy, to say the least.

Today, however, I will only talk about the good stuff. The advantages of being a high functioning insomniac, being able to do it all on two to four hours of sleep. The best thing about being awake at odd hours of the night is the ability to pray without distractions. Am ashamed to say that even in prayer, I get easily distracted, however, that is not something I have to contend with at 2:00 or 3:00 am in the morning. It is when I take my worries to the Almighty without a click to be heard outside. Isn’t that the most amazing thing?

The next best thing about insomnia is the ability to work at night. As a freelancer, all the best jobs are usually at night. Probably because everyone is asleep. It helps that they pay better too. Even when it is low season and jobs are few and far between, being on call at 1:00 am is a great thing for a freelancer. It’s usually someone rushing to beat a deadline or who wants to publish an article urgently on their site so they’re willing to cough an extra dime. A freelancing career is not the easiest, but it helps if you can’t sleep through the night.

The middle of the night is when I get my best ideas, like the idea to write this article, I mean, who doesn’t want to know the best thing about being an insomniac? So let me talk about it. Anyway. Suffice it to say that my creative juices, which have been a bit scarce of late, flow the most in the dead of night. My notebook is filled with some of the best ideas I have ever had, now if only I could put them down in print, or something.

I have more hours of the day. When you sleep for six to eight hours, you have sixteen to eighteen hours. Add about four hours to that and you have yourself the everyday insomniac. Let’s be honest, it’s the achievements that matter, no matter the hours of sleep. So if you are like most of my friends, who value sleep more than anything, don’t beat yourself up about it. Sometimes I read an entire book, I have finished many a Mills & Boon this way. Often, it’s the only thing my brain can process at the time. A shallow, well-written romance story with a predictable ending (if the two can coexist). I thank God and technology for eBooks.

In the wee hours of the night, when there is not a mouse to be heard, I find the best stuff. Be it recipes, books, articles, all the things that peak my interest. For instance, I love history, am kind of obsessed. My two favorite subjects are literature and history. I often find the weirdest historical facts late at night. Like the fact that the first American woman to be sentenced to death and executed was a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Which by the way was totally unfair. The only wrong thing she did was give birth to an idiot son who thought it would be a good idea to be friends with John Wilkes Booth and plot to kidnap Lincoln. Anyway, that was a fun (not so fun for Mary Surrat) fact to find out. Oh and apparently, there’s an Ethiopian prince who was kidnapped during Queen Victoria’s reign in England while they were attempting to conquer Ethiopia. His remains were buried in Windsor, as Africans, we should petition to have him back. Those who know me know that I love to cook and eat, lol. I find the best recipes when am not even looking, just surfing through YouTube in the dead of night.

So those are the best things about being an insomniac. Want to learn the bad and the ugly, well, you’ll just have to wait until the next time insomnia kicks in.

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