Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Insomnia and Aspergers

I have had to deal with insomnia for as long as I can remember. Growing up I often attributed it to have to share a bed with a sister or two or three. Often times I had to contend with too much annoying noise like my brothers snoring or talking in their sleep. Or my parents yelling, screaming and throwing things.
In my teen years I would sit up and read either my Omni magazine or any book by Harold Robbins amongst other forgotten magazines and books. Back then, there were even radio programs on like Dr. Demento or The Shadow reruns. I figured I was just a night person and that was simply the way it was.
When I was briefly married, I quickly learned that if I wanted an ounce of sleep I needed to have a bed to myself. Man, that snoring and tossing and turning of another warm body wasn't doing a thing for me.
When I was single I found that the night time hours were when my creativity turned on and I spent most nights painting, reading or building things....Time really didn't matter when I was single and unemployed :)
Whilst working in the nursing home, 3-11pm, afternoon shift was absolutely perfect. I could sit up half the night doing my thing and sleep in in the mornings..wake feeling rested at 11am and a couple of hours before work. Life was good.
Now, yeah, I sleep alone when I do get some shut eye. My current schedule is to be up till around 1 or 2 pm and get up anywhere from 8-10 am. I am lucky that I don't have a day job or anything else that I need to get up and do early.
For years I fought against insomnia with medication, prescribed and over the counter. I explored all those "remedies" doctors and friends suggested from no caffeine, warm milk, quiet time, meditation..all that jazz. Yep, sometimes it would help for a bit, mostly not.
My thinking is that the Aspie brain, in addition to having more neurons permanently turned on, has a hard time slowing down and turning off. I guess I was just born that way.
So I don't fight it so much anymore. I try and live with it as best I can. When occasion warrants an early rising I have my old standbys of either a xanax or half a dose of benadryl to help me calm down and fall asleep.
I don't have any answers....if you know of something that works or if you are an Aspie without insomnia please let me know :)