What to Do the Next Time Insomnia Strikes

When I was a freshman in college, one of my favorite songs was an electric tune called “Insomnia” by a DJ named Faithless. I used to listen to this song over and over again, dancing to it at all hours of the night. Little did I know that it would come back to haunt me 10 years later as an anxious 30-year-old who couldn’t seem to get any sleep. Night after night as I lay in bed, I would hear the beat and Faithless’s voice in my head: “There’s no relief. … I’m wide awake. … I can’t get no sleep.” Insomnia, the inability to sleep, is caused by many things, but in young, mostly healthy adults, the most common reasons are stress and anxiety. I would like to say that there is an easy cure to sleepless nights, but my insomnia is something that I’ve realized comes and goes, so the best way to combat it is to know how to deal with it when it does strike. Be prepared with several coping strategies, and you’ll be able to fight off your next bout of insomnia. Here’s how.