I am a chronic insomniac. I'm no longer trying to fight it since it's a lost cause. Instead, I'm taking advantage of it by working night shifts (shift differential pay FTW).
It started early in elementary school. I stayed awake all night starring at the ceiling. Then in the morning, I was all sleepy. Mom was always fighting with me because I wanted to stay at home and sleep during the day. My teachers were always sending complaints about me falling asleep during class. That continued all the way till high school, where I was nicknamed the sleeping beauty. I was falling asleep in class every day. It was so common that people no longer pay attention to it. Sometimes I'll wake up to find out that the my class ended, my group changed classrooms and some other group was there taking some other class. I even fell asleep during my college entrance exam (I pass it tho). And yet, sleeping during the night was always a challenge.
Once I made it to college, I always chose night schedules and it worked very well. Then in the corporate world, I've tried to land the night shifts as much as possible. It's been working very well so far.
I once tried to treat the condition with different medications. My doc put me on every single sleep medication in the market, trying to find one that work for me. That was a complete fail. Not only they didn't worked, they make my insomnia worst. They don't make me sleepy, instead they make me feel tense and more alert. My reaction times go slower tho, and I feel kinda dizzy and stoned, but not sleepy.
The last medication I tried was the worst. It was supposed to be the most potent sleep drug on the market. And I guess it was... it caused me the most potent reverse effect ever. I went one full week without sleep and I lost it. I started having hallucinations due to sleep deprivation and had to be hospitalized. After that I decided not to fight my insomnia and just adjust my life around it.
I'm usually posting here late at night and I see the same nicknames day after day so.. fess up! r u an insomniac too? what's your story?