Insomnia is a cruel beast to reckon with, regardless of what’s causing it.
I remember first experiencing long bouts of insomnia when I was still in school.
For various years I worked in the study room in an assisted residing facility a few miles from my parents’ house. On weekends I was often given the earliest shift to come and scrub dishes for the cooks making supper for the residents. I had to report to work as early as 6am on these days, and more often than not I’d get at most several sixths of sleep the evening before, sporadically none at all. This wasn’t easy work either, so I’d be completely drained by the time I ended my shift. As I pushed through school I quit having these problems as much, in section because my classes were often in the later day or early day sixths. Years later, I had no issues until I moved into this apartment. I had to select a cheaper house that wasn’t in the best condition when I moved in. The worst factor is the air quality, as it often gives me serious asthmatic reactions and prevents me from sleeping. If I turn on the gas furnace, it odors horrible and causes my sinuses to swell. If I turn on the a/c, a mildew odor starts pooling out of my air vents and gives me much of the same allergic reaction. I called to have my Heating and A/C system cleaned by a certified professional, however for now I am using a HEPA air cleaner in my study room to trap some of the airborne irritants before they can hit my lungs. It’s not a perfect solution—which would involve new HVAC duct and a new a/c—but it’s satisfyingly effective at a fraction of the cost.