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 Comments on Insomnia

  1. stephaniearsoska
    September 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm (10 years ago)

    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
      October 5, 2013 at 9:39 am (9 years ago)

      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.

  2. blueberetmum
    September 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm (10 years ago)

    I felt your frustration – this is exactly how I feel when I cannot fall asleep…(thankfully it doesn’t happen too often) x

    • instinctivemum
      October 5, 2013 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

      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

  3. oddlyactive
    September 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm (10 years ago)

    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


    • instinctivemum
      October 5, 2013 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

      Oh I hope you’re sleeping better now, insomnia sucks 🙁

  4. Wicked World of Lucas
    September 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm (10 years ago)

    I really felt your frustration in this. Insomnia is awful and your brain just carries on racing ahead. Great poem – #Prose4T

    • instinctivemum
      October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am (9 years ago)

      Thank you, need to learn to switch my brain off lol!

  5. Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)
    October 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm (9 years ago)

    You have summed it up absolutely and completely – I knew you would as soon as I saw the title. Oh, how I know this feeling too well. It’s more commonplace than we realise. Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought lovely xx

    • instinctivemum
      October 5, 2013 at 10:08 am (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome. It is far more commonplace than we realise, and it’s so frustrating, sleep is so nice! X


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