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Struggling with Chronic Insomnia

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

I always hate the day after daylight savings takes effect. Fortunately, and without fore planning, I didn’t schedule anything for today because I am so groggy. My husband and I started tracking last year and found it took our bodies at least a week to adjust to the time change. Now that may have something to do with age, but it may also have to do with poor sleep.

I have chronic insomnia and David has traveled since the 90’s to different time zones so his sleep patterns are a mess. His company has now put him in charge for the northeast and the west coast so he is typically on the phone from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm every week that he is not traveling. And from my viewpoint, he is not being reimbursed properly for these 12 hour days.

Should companies be responsible for upsetting sleep patterns? I say yes. Now my chronic insomnia is not work related. But my husband’s is, and I worry about his health. I came across an article by Dr. Carl Rosenberg and I wanted to share his high-level findings.

Ten Effects of Long-Term Sleep Deprivation:

1. Hypertension

2. Heart Attack & Stroke

3. Weight Gain & Obesity

4. Diabetes

5. Depression & Anxiety

6. Faulty Brain Function

7. Memory Loss

8. Immune System Deficiency

9. Decreased Fertility

10. Psychiatric Disorders

I’m not exactly sure what brought on my insomnia. It was one of the first of the “cascade of illnesses” that led to my disability. But from the list above I have been treated for early diabetes which was due to weight gain, depression and anxiety, memory loss and psychiatric disorders. So, having 50% of the health issues related to sleep problems makes me think that organizations need to add sleep issues to their basic package of benefits particularly for employees who travel. And along with annual health checks talk to your doctor immediately if sleep becomes a problem. I speak from experience when I say I would like nothing more than a good night’s sleep.

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