In 2011, after being hospitalized for a major staph infection, I went through a period where I had severe insomnia. Two weeks passed and I slept only 1-3 hours per night. It was (no question) the worst time of my life. I had been on antibiotics for such a prolonged period of time that my body was all out of sorts. I had severe debilitating muscle spasms that kept me awake all night long. I tried all sorts of things to treat my inability to fall asleep. I drank chamomile tea, I tried breathing exercises, I read extremely boring books, I took over-the-counter sleep medication, I tried using melatonin. None of it worked. I still lay in bed in chronic pain unable to soothe myself to sleep.
Thankfully, with time, physical therapy, anxiety medication, and acupuncture my body and mind healed. But I never forgot those two weeks of my life. I began to actively seek out a more permanent solution as to what to do if insomnia ever reared its ugly head.