What to do about Insomnia – Free Ebook

not being able to sleep is deeply frightening we panic about our ability to cope with the demands of the next day we panic that we are panicking the possibility of sleep recedes ever further as the clock counts down to another exhausted irritable daughter our societies have learned to treat insomnia with the best applied discipline we know medicine and in particular with pills powerful enough to wrestle consciousness to submission but rather than immediately medicalizing insomnia we should perhaps try to understand where it Springs from in human nature and what it might in its own confused way be trying to tell us and in many with though note not all cases it may go something like this insomnia is the minds revenge for something extremely important that we forgotten to do in the day namely think most of us do of course have a great deal in our minds during the daylight hours but these tend to be practical procedurals immediate matters the sword that keep at bay the deeper questions about our direction purpose and values it’s tempting to think of philosophy as a remote specialized discipline of relevance to only a few academically minded sorts but what philosophy really wants from us which is that we should lead an examined self-aware life is in truth a basic necessity for every human being as vital is water or exercise so much so that if we don’t regularly do enough philosophy if we don’t constantly make time to interrogate ourselves question our plans explore our talents and think over our relationships we will pay a very heavy price will be stripped of the capacity to carry on our lives with enough rest in our bones so important to some of the questions we need to tackle something within us you might call it an inner Guardian or conscience prefers that we should stop deriving all the many obvious benefits of sleep rather than leave a raft of existential issues untreated for much longer this points the way to an important solution to insomnia not so much a pill or a special kind of tea or a long bath but principally more time in the reasonable hours of the day for thinking more time in which there are no demands on us and we can at last meditate philosophically that is systematically examine everything we’re concerned about sifting through our regrets discussing our work with our inner critic airing the tensions of our relationship with our true selves in short reacquainting ourselves with ourselves insomnia is seldom a physical disease it’s an inarticulate maddening but ultimately healthy plea released by our core self that we confront the issues we’ve put off for too long insomnia isn’t really to do with not being able to sleep it’s about not having given ourselves a chance to think you you

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