Home » Blogs » Tales of Manic Depression » Accepting Insomnia

Accepting Insomnia

I give up, I am over it, after 40 years of struggling with insomnia I just have to embrace it and make an effort on a nightly basis to accept it.

I think it was about five years ago I started taking Restoral and thought the stress of my job was the reason for having to take it. Sometimes I would even take it when I went to bed then another one when I woke up in the middle of the night when round two of insomnia would set in. If I didn’t I would find myself fueled by anxiety and restlessness.

Then I left my job and thankfully I got a less stressful position and thought ok, it’s time to stop taking my sleep aide and I don’t  need  Restoral but I was wrong. Every night my mind decided now I’m going to race, now I’m going to think about other things than work. What am I going to eat tomorrow, why hasn’t he called me back, what am I going to wear to my sister’s wedding, it could be anything and I was left

Last night I thought I’m not going to take it. I got into bed at my usual scheduled time and my mind started to spin. After two and a half hours of trying to fall asleep I gave up and took the pill.

For five years now I’m still a slave to a sleeping pill and have come to realize that stressing over insomnia isn’t going to help anything. At this point in my life, forty years later, I just have to come to accept it. Maybe just accepting it will take the pressure off to curb it. Maybe by acceptance I will be more free despite the anxiety that is the bedrock of insomnia.

Maybe, just maybe.

Photo by Unlisted Sightings

Accepting Insomnia

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

2 comments: View Comments / Leave a Comment



APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2017). Accepting Insomnia. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


Last updated: 17 Jun 2017
Statement of review: Psych Central does not review the content that appears in our blog network ( prior to publication. All opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the author alone, and do not reflect the views of the editorial staff or management of Psych Central. Published on All rights reserved.