Insomnia: Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired.

Darkness, silence,
Yet my brain screams noise.
Thoughts, words,
Never quiet.

Breathing becomes quicker,
Shoulders hunched.
Uncomfortable, restless.
Eyes wide open.

Anxiety awakens,
Panic begins.
Thoughts whirl, never stopping.
Heart beats out of time.

Stare at the ceiling,
Stare at the walls,
Need an escape,
Need rest, peace.

Tears well in my eyes,
Frustration, anger,
Inconsolable, wound up,
Tense, awkward.

Give up, get up.
Alone in the dark.
Peaceful house,
Hectic mind.

Brain at war with body,
Eventually shuts down.
Restless sleep,
Wake exhausted.

Trudge through the day,
Maybe tonight,
Sleep will greet me,
like an old friend.

Prose for Thought

10 thoughts on “Insomnia

  1. stephaniearsoska says:

    Oh I hate insomnia. I used to suffer from it badly, it’s better now although if I get woken up I can’t get back to sleep.

    Stare at ceiling, stare at walls – this part jumped out at me.

    • instinctivemum says:

      I find it so frustrating, and I’m so stubborn I won’t get up and do something I will just lie there willing myself to sleep. I hope you don’t suffer again.

    • instinctivemum says:

      I’m so pleased it doesn’t happen often for you. I seem to go through phases, hopefully this one will be over soon. x

  2. Ouch! I’ve been suffering insomnia for months now… Kept getting out of bed at 4am to ‘write it out’ but then realised i was just making things worse. I hope tonight is the night, and the first of many


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