Is Insomnia More Prevalent in the Age of Facebook?Posted: October 1, 2014
I was going to write about how insomnia may have become an issue in itself, independent of being a sleep disorder or symptom of a medical condition. I was curious as to whether the epidemic of social media addiction alone may be to blame for the Insomniac Takeover of Facebook late at night. But because I wouldn’t be able to accurately say for certain since I don’t trust polls, especially ones that would be taken in my tiny social arena of like, four people (and that’s probably an over-estimation), which would give too limited a view, and also because numbers and statistics don’t convey the big picture, I decided to try to open some dialogue about it to see what other people think. For instance, as off-the-wall as this may seem, it could be that extreme cases of coffee addiction in individuals who are caffeine-sensitive is to blame for the inability to sleep, and instead of watching TV, maybe they opt for the social interaction Facebook and other networking sites provide. Since it might seem they’re on at all hours of the night, and day as well, it could be mistaken for social media addiction. And the addiction would then be blamed for the lack of sleep. That’s not to say people who seem like they’re on Facebook all the time are, because there’s always a bigger picture to everything. Well, in most cases there is, but as for me, it seems like I’m always on Facebook because I am, which is compensation for having absolutely no “real” life whatsoever. I never set foot out of the house and haven’t seen the sunlight in ages. I haven’t seen another human being in the flesh in, oh what is this? 2014? I guess since 2005. And I wouldn’t have known what year it was if it weren’t for this convenient little calendar in the corner of my laptop. Okay, not really…
But there’s a variety of things that could cause erratic sleep patterns, or the inability to sleep, such as caffeine sensitivity, chronic pain conditions, being a parent (worrying about your kids, or getting up with them in the middle of the night), having animals that wake you up to be let out, anxiety which seems to be extremely common, a drip in a faucet that the landlord promised to fix…SIX YEARS AGO! And that list goes on. And many people work late or night shift, so that may also give the impression that they’re insomniacs if we go by Facebook alone.
So, that being said, what is your opinion on the matter? Is insomnia really more prevalent than it used to be with the introduction of social networking, or does it just seem that way because people post about how they can’t sleep? Have you been diagnosed, or even diagnosed yourself with insomnia? What do you think causes it?