Insomnia at Night, Running on Empty All Day

People usually think of insomnia as a problem of the night, but it’s more than that. Poor sleep puts a damper on the day and affects our performance on the job.

This week is Sleep Awareness Week. To call attention to the fact that the effects of chronic insomnia are 24/7, I’m posting my final book trailer, where I discuss the daytime symptoms of insomnia and offer a few tips for coping after bad nights.

People usually think of insomnia as a problem of the night, but it’s more than that. Poor sleep puts a damper on the day, as Kim, a nurse I interviewed, explains: “Generally, I experience insomnia just about every night. The older I get, the more I pay for it the next day. I am groggy and grumpy and I can’t think straight. But I’m usually OK until the afternoon and then it’s pure hell. I get really sleepy about 2 p.m. and have to just keep on working until I get things done.”

Not only do our bad nights leave us feeling lousy the next day. They also affect our performance on the job. A review of the occupational effects of insomnia found that insomnia symptoms

  • increase the risk of accidents in the workplace
  • reduce productivity on the job, and
  • inhibit career advancement.

This week is Sleep Awareness Week. To call attention to the fact that the effects of chronic insomnia are 24/7, I’m posting my final book trailer, where I discuss the daytime symptoms of insomnia and offer a few tips for coping after bad nights. Take a listen and see if you relate!

Insomnia at Night, Running on Empty All Day