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 high college. For several years I worked in the family room in an assisted residing facility a few miles from my parents’ house. On weekends I was often given the earliest shift to come plus wash dishes for the cooks making brunch for the residents. I had to report to work as early as 6am on these afternoons, plus more often than not I’d get at most 2 hours of sleep the evening before, periodically 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 college I quit having these troubles as much, in section because my classes were often in the later morning or early afternoon hours. Years later, I had no troubles until I moved into this apartment. I had to select a cheaper apartment that wasn’t in the best condition when I moved in. The worst factor is the air quality, as it often gives me dire asthmatic reactions plus prevents me from sleeping. If I turn on the gas furnace, it stinks horrible plus causes my sinuses to swell. If I turn on the A/C, a mildew smell starts pooling out of my air vents plus gives me much of the same allergic reaction. I called to have my HVAC idea cleaned by a certified worker, but for now I am using a HEPA air cleaner in my family room to trap some of the airborne irritants before they can hit my lungs. It’s not a perfect solution—which would involve modern ductwork plus a modern A/C—but it’s satisfyingly effective at a fraction of the cost.