A sleep disorder is a condition that disrupts sleep patterns. There are over 80 types of sleep disorders, with the most common being insomnia, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Junior Hailey Fesai has insomnia. On top of that, she has anxiety which is worse at night, keeping her mind racing some nights.
“I lay down to go to sleep. It’s 12, and then I turn around and it’s five in the morning, and I have to get up,” Fesai said. “There would be nights where I wouldn’t sleep at all.”
On average, Fesai goes to bed around 10:30 p.m. and wakes up around 6:30 a.m. in the morning. Because staying asleep the whole time is a challenge, she has devised numerous ways to help her fall asleep, such as reading before bed or listening to the white noise of a heater in her bedroom.
In addition, she takes medicated Cannabidiol (CBD) oils to counter her insomnia.
With both insomnia and anxiety running in her family, she has a support system of people who can help her cope.
“I think it’s important to take time for yourself and journal or talk about what you’re feeling with somebody you love,” Fesai said. She has found that the more she acknowledges her challenges, the better she is able to combat them.
One method she uses to do so is a poster board where she writes down thoughts that go through her mind during an anxiety attack. This allows her to organize what runs through her head.
While her sleep issues grew worse in high school, especially at the end of sophomore year, she said they have improved recently.