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 private school.
For many years I worked in the living room in an assisted living facility a few miles from our parents’ house. On weekends I was often given the earliest shift to come and wash dishes for the cooks making dinner for the residents. I had to report to work as early as 6am on these afternoons, and more often than not I’d get at most more than one hours of sleep the night before, occasionally none at all. This wasn’t easy work either, so I’d be completely drained by the time I ended our shift. As I pushed through school I quit having these concerns as much, in area because our classes were often in the later day or early day hours. Years later, I had no concerns until I moved into this apartment. I had to select a cheaper home that wasn’t in the best condition when I moved in. The worst factor is the air quality, as it often gives me severe asthmatic reactions and prevents me from sleeping. If I turn on the gas furnace, it smells horrible and causes our sinuses to swell. If I turn on the a/c, a mildew odor starts pooling out of our air vents and gives me much of the same allergic reaction. I called to have our Heating and A/C system cleaned by a certified serviceman, but for now I am using a HEPA media air cleaner in our living room to trap some of the airborne irritants before they can hit our lungs. It’s not a perfect solution—which would involve current HVAC duct and a current a/c—but it’s satisfyingly effective at a fraction of the cost.