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Date: Sep 01 2006


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People around the world suffer from insomnia. The main causes are stress and anxiety. Diet and exercise habits can also contribute.

Most people have experienced insomnia for at least one night. Maybe they had an argument with a friend that wasn’t resolved. Maybe they were worried about a project at work. Emotional stress can keep us awake.

Some people experience long periods of insomnia. Often, people take sleeping pills to insure they get the rest they need.

Listen as Toby tells Erin about her recent insomnia.


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Toby:  I just, I just finished this, this huge project that took tons of time over months and I had a lot of anxiety about it and I could not sleep the entire time. I had horrible insomnia.

Erin:  Oh, no. That sucks. And that creates so much more stress for you when you can’t sleep and, I mean, you were probably already stressed out with the project. But when you can’t sleep you just, your body just gets wiped out ‘cause you’re not getting any rest or anything.

Toby:  Yeah. And I mean, it is, it’s almost like you… you, you know it’s temporary, like, now I’m, I’m sleeping like a log again. But, but I would literally be wide awake even after working, like, 16 hours, you know, I would just lay there. And I don’t get the whole counting sheep thing. I tried it.

Erin:  I don’t either because when I’m lying there tossing and turning and I can’t fall asleep, I just get more and more frustrated with myself because I’m lying there thinking, like, why can’t I fall asleep. Oh my Gosh, like, another hour has passed by and I can’t go to sleep and I’m still wide awake and counting sheep is a myth and blah, blah, blah and I start to worry about, like, how am I gonna keep going tomorrow and I can’t keep not sleeping ‘cause I’m gonna get sick if I don’t get my rest so… then I start to worry and then I get more stressed…

Toby:  Or you fall asleep at, like 4:00 or 5:00, and then you end up oversleeping. It’s a horrible cycle.

Erin:  I know, and then when you oversleep the next day everybody calls you lazy. But no, you’ve just been up all night long.



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Toby and Erin both know how terrible insomnia can be.

Toby just recently experienced months of not being able to sleep. She was worried about work and had a lot of anxiety about a project she was working on. Even though she was exhausted, she couldn’t fall asleep.

When Erin can’t sleep, she gets very frustrated as the hours go by. Not sleeping causes her even more stress. And when she doesn’t get her rest, she gets sick.

Have you ever laid awake for most of the night? Why couldn’t you sleep?



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Yeah I downloaded movies and songs then I awoke until morning then I was sleepy and it was so bad

Insomnia is very terrible…

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yep  just  one time .when i had  an important exam i really couldnt sleep so i had  to take hypnotic tablet to sleep

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I also know this problem.I often lie awake for hours and hours and I just can’t fall asleep.That’s so horrible.

05:44 PM Sep 01 2006 |

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Also whenever progress in the age lead to insomnia and less sleeping hour.

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