• Adriana Tanese Nogueira


"Being able to fall asleep when we are tired and putting the weight that has been carried on for so long is a delight, a wonderful fact." Hermann Hesse

A good night's sleep is a luxury for many. Knowing how important it is to sleep well for physical and mental health only makes the situation worse when you are lying in bed struggling to sleep. There is no way to "force" yourself to sleep! Yes, sleep is one of those things that happens, it is a gentle dip in the world of dreams.

Reasons for not sleeping:

· Anxiety about the future, maybe vague or specific.

· Work or family concerns.

· Excess tiredness and / or stimulation

· You can't sleep and you don't know why.

Anxiety, also called generalized anxiety disorder, is a very common symptom today. It assumes the connotation of a general condition of the organism that is in a state of alert without being able to return to the state of calm. It occurs for several reasons, but it is always the result of a long-term imbalance. This condition is not reached in a few days. In its origin, there are usually one or more traumas. Trauma may be due to particular events or to a reality of life that leads to anxiety, for example, living in an alcoholic's home, where there is violence, and unpredictable and frightening behaviors that constantly make us feel in danger.

Sleep is easily affected because we are vulnerable there. As we fall asleep we cannot know what is happening around us, let alone defend ourselves. Even when the danger is not physical, it is perceived as if it were because, after all, we are a unique being, so all threats are experienced as an attack on our integrity.

When we do not sleep because of the worries of the next day, of work to be done, or of family problems, our fast thinking (as in anxiety) joins, with the anguish of not being able to cope, of not being able to solve it. In that case, a good night's sleep would be exactly what would help, if only we could fall asleep ...

All of this leads us to what we call stress, which in time induces us to a level of tiredness that prevents sleep. Even to sleep, you need to be less tired! Sleeping requires calmness of the mind, emotions, and relaxation of the body. A body that has been subjected to excessive stimulation, from visual to muscular, needs to go through a period of detoxification before entering the world of dreams. Among the stimuli, it is important to mention the computer and cell phone.

Finally, there is that reality in which you cannot sleep and you don't know why since there is no lack of sleep. Here we can find a salad from the above mentioned, plus an important perspective: it is conscience who sleeps. The falling asleep of consciousness allows other inner contents to emerge (usually, via dreams). “Inner contents” means: thoughts, feelings, intuitions ... The other side of things and truths. The night brings out the inner voice. The time that passes in the transition between waking and sleeping is the moment when we get rid of the day. We are naked ... And what do we see? What do we feel? How we really feel. In this space we linger, fearful without wanting to really feel, to see clearly. Something in us senses and “leaves everything in suspense”. Including sleep.

This whole process remains unconscious, the conscience does not know anything so it is fidgeting in bed trying to sleep. But in reality, there is something that in the shadows of the night is needing to emerge. Until it fails to manifest itself and, therefore, to be integrated by consciousness, it will continue to disturb sleep, that is, the only moment when we are really alone with ourselves.

"The world where one lives while sleeping is so different that those who have trouble falling asleep are primarily trying to get out of our world." Marcel Proust
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