Insomnia dominated my waking life for most of my twenties. Anytime I’ve had a pretty good night’s sleep – which happens about twice a week – I work better the next day, eat healthier, get more ambitious, feel like I’m getting nicer. The rest of the time, I experience the kind of painful anxiety that comes with a hangover (even if I don’t have a nightcap), coupled with a feeling of sluggishness, distraction, and lack of excitement. In addition to the well-documented immediate consequences of insomnia, there are serious and long-term potential health problems, “including obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes – and this shortens your life expectancy,” according to the NHS website. “What if I don’t sleep?” Asked Kiss FM DJ Daisy Maskell in a recent BBC documentary on the rise of insomnia in Gen Z. “Almost every article tells you that you will eventually die of it.” And so, the anxiety viciously flies away.
Insomniac Friends: The answer to our sleep deprivation has always been to stay in the freezer. At least that’s what TikTokers like @heyfrankiesimmons, @empathary, and @borcikjewelry say. Apparently, placing a simple ice pack on your chest could put you to sleep in just 15 minutes.