My whole life, I've always had difficulty sleeping. Nap time as a child was hell because I would never sleep, I'd just have to lay there for an hour, bored out of my mind. I've never in my entire life fallen asleep "as soon as my head hit the pillow," and most nights I could easily have watched a feature-length movie in the time between turning off the light for the night and falling asleep. My roommate falls asleep "as soon as his ass touches something vaguely couchlike," and his alarm clock frequently goes off for hours straight without him noticing it. This makes me extremely jealous and bitter.
In any case, lately I've been having less trouble sleeping, it's just that it feels like I'm not getting any benefit from it. Sunday evening I actually went to bed at 8:45 due to being completely wiped out, despite not having done a darn thing all weekend. I don't think it helped.
There's things that I've told people I'd do, like computery things, not actual physically active things, that I've actually put off rather than spending the 5 minutes they would take because I was just too tired to devote the time to it. This is not good. I haven't done a darn thing to further my efforts on any of my various creative projects in longer than I can remember. This is not good.
I just don't know what to do. I've found that taking sleep aids can often help somewhat, but I develop a "dependency" extremely quickly, and it always takes me half the day before I really wake up after taking such things, which kind of defeats the purpose.
In my thinking about my situation, I've likened it to a person who has worms; no matter how much they eat, they just never seem to get any benefit from it. That's exactly how I feel. Sleep worms.
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