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How to embrace and (eventually) conquer insomnia

Insomnia usually points to unresolved issues and repressed thoughts. Instead of wrestling with the discomfort, use your state to address and fix the wrong. According to Wikipedia Insomnia can: “be short term (up to three weeks) or long term (above 3–4 weeks); it can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents”. So it’s pretty serious.

This great video from The School of Life is a new perspective on treating insomnia. Instead of just prescribing the same washed-out, ‘how to sleep good’ advice we’ve heard 1,000 times before it advises based on the realities of Insomnia.

This is what we learned:

  • Not sleeping feels like a disaster, at least we convince ourselves that’s the case, however, in smaller doses, insomnia might not need a cure. It’s doing work for us and we don’t give it any credit for that.
  • Things that are crucial and need thinking about bubble into our consciousness. Insomnia is a sort of revenge from all those ideas that we pushed away in the daytime.
  • By writing down these thoughts, we can explore the background anxieties that don’t make sense during the day-time. It seems painful and cringe but positives can come through this embracing of the dark.
  • Ideas that we’re too frightened or busy to entertain suddenly seem rational, even achievable. Without the constant whirring of other people’s expectations we can look at what we want, what’s worrying us and what’s important without obstruction.