Do You Lie Awake at Night?


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Do you lie awake at night unable to fall back to sleep? If you said yes, you are like 62% of Americans who experience insomnia.

Nighttime can be a stressful for those of us with symptoms of insomnia. Waking up and not being able to get back to sleep is the worst.

When I don’t get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep, I’m grumpy, unfocused, and exhausted the next day.

Not only that, but did you know that when you don’t get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep, you are also putting your health at risk?

Lack of sleep affects your immune system, memory, causes accidents, contributes to depression, ages your skin, packs on extra pounds, leads to serious health problems like heart conditions, high blood pressure, strokes, Type 2 Diabetes, and more.

Insomnia side effects

With nearly 4 millions Americans suffering from insomnia and the serious risks associated with it, why are so many people glamorizing their need for less sleep? If you tell someone you slept a full 8 hours, they look at you like you are lazy! When you have the knowledge of how important sleep is, it makes sense to do everything in your power to get the shut-eye that your body needs.

I have struggled with having a difficult time falling asleep and waking up and not being able to fall back to sleep most of my life. I wouldn’t say it is severe but it is enough to impact my days when I don’t get enough sleep. When my kids were babies, I struggled to get enough sleep because I nursed both my babies.

Now, my kids are older but my son has Type 1 Diabetes. This means that either myself or my husband must get up at 2 or 3am to check my son’s blood sugar levels. We normally take turns every night and I’m fine.

I have found that if his blood sugar numbers are fine, I can fall right back to sleep since I am only up for 5-10 minutes.

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at
Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at

If his blood glucose number is low, that changes everything. That means that I have to give him juice and recheck to see if his blood glucose number increases to a safe zone. If it does, he eats another snack and I’m off to bed.

If the number doesn’t increase, I have to give him another fast acting carb drink or snack and test again in 15 more minutes.

It isn’t uncommon for me to be up for 1 hour in the middle of the night.

After that, I can’t get back to sleep – I worry that his blood glucose number will fall again, I worry that I won’t know that he went low, I worry that he won’t wake up in the morning…I don’t sleep…

You may not have the same insomnia situation that I do but you still may still lie awake in bed at night like the 62% of other Americans. Are you part of the 20% that don’t believe they have a condition or are you part of the mere 12% that have been diagnosed by a doctor?

insomniar infographic

There is a huge misconception that there isn’t anything you can do for insomnia without getting hooked on prescription drugs. That’s false.

There are treatments that are safe and not addicting. I could use a treatment like this on the nights that I can’t fall back to sleep…

You can find out more by talking with your doctor and visiting the website.


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