How many writers out there suffer from insomnia?

United States
May 20, 2008 1:56am CST
I suffer from insomnia so bad I once gave up coffee to try to combat it...lol. Anyway I'm disabled now so I just kind of go with the insomnia. I do find that I do, and always have done, my best writing in the wee hours of the night. I don't know if it is because it is quiet or because I worked odd hours my whole adult life and I am just used to being awake at night, but I find my mind opens easier at night to new ideas. So do you suffer from insomnia and if so, how does it affect your writing?
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Greetings, vicneedscoffee. Sorry to hear about your insomnia. I, too, suffer from bouts of it occasionally. Probably 3 times a month, I can't get to sleep. There are times I start thinking about an article I want to write or ideas I'd been trying to formulate. Then, I go in the other room and jot everything down so as not to lose it. And believe me, if I just kept laying in bed til I fell asleep, I'd never think those thoughts again. It seems presumptuous of me to call myself a "writer". I guess I think of myself of one who simply records thoughts and facts. Anyway, getting back to your question, insomnia, on a rare occasion, seems to trigger thoughts about subjects that I'm writing about. And that's a good thing. Hope you get plenty of sleep, yet have many successful days of writing. PearlGrace
• United States
17 Jun 08
I don't think it is presumptuous at all if you like to put pen to paper.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I do suffer from insomnia, and have for years now. I've tried different medications and everything to no avail. I often lay awake at night and think of article ideas or poems. I've even kept a notebook beside the bed so I won't forget something..lol.
• United States
16 Jun 08
I do the same actually. I have been coming up with a story I want to put into book form. I have laid out the story line while waiting to go to sleep at night.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I did that too. I have a book that I've got about half written that happened that way. I haven't worked on the book in a while because I've been doing my articles that are actually making me money..lol.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
22 Jun 08
I too am disabled now Vic, and also deal with insomnia. But, I use Melatonin now and it helps me sleep. Its an over the counter supplement that doesn't cause any dependency. Maybe give it a try?
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• United States
22 Jun 08
I'll ask my doctor about it. Thanks for the tip.
• United States
22 Jun 08
I suffer from Insomnia as well. I'm not sure if it's from all the caffeine I manage to take in everyday or a true disease, but it exists. I have the same addiction to writing in the evening. No one is awake at my house past one in the morning so I can concentrate on my craft. Good question by the way.
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• United States
22 Jun 08
Thank you. I was sitting here awake just wondering one night...lol.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Jun 08
Hi, I also suffer from insomnia. I can't sleep well at night. So, in the morning, I don't have enough energy to write.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
That's rough, I'm sorry to hear that.
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@smallT (376)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Hi vic, I am a night owl also. I wound not say I have insomnia, I am just wide awake in the wee hours of the morning. I have to force myself to go to bed so that I can get up in the morning to go to my job. I do my best writing late at night when it is quiet.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Me too. There are less interruptions for me then so I can really get into writing mode.
@sturner03 (326)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I too suffer from insomnia alot of the time. I only get the urge to write when it's late at night I guess thats when I do my best thinking.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I'm the same way. It's like I can look at things from different angles when I'm a bit sleepy.
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
13 Jun 08
I can't say i suffer from insomnia, i had never felt the need to stay up all night. I do my best writing during the day hours, usually when i am well rested.
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have a hard time writing during the day, too many interruptions.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
12 Jun 08
I am not really an insomniac but I share your ideas about writing in the wee hours of the night. Night time is really the best time for me to write. The ideas flow more clearly and profusely. Maybe it is because of the quietness of the night that you can't be bothered by anything. When I really have a very good idea for writing, I am awake until I am finished writing it down. That is in my college days, though. I can't do that now that I have a job. When I sleep late, I can't get up early.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
Thanks for the best response. Have a nice day!
• United States
7 Jul 08
I do suffer from insomnia as well. I get writers block when I sit to down to write, but as soon as I try to go to sleep the ideas just flow! I now keep a notebook and pen on my nightstand to write down any notes I get when I should be sleeping! LOL!