Woman Who Developed Insomnia After Her Daughter Was Born Says She Hasn't Slept For 32 Years
All new parents can expect to take a temporary hit on having a full night's sleep when their bundle of joy arrives.
Despite her children now being grown up, the 58-year-old said she had difficulty sleeping following the birth of her youngest daughter in 1986 and that she brushed it off as part of being a young mum.
But the mum-of-two and grandmother-of-four says her sleeplessness has persisted since it properly developed in 1987.
Despite trying dozens of treatments, Michele, who hails from Paignton, Devon, said the condition has ruined her life.
She shared: "You see your bedroom as the enemy, you just wade through life very slowly, you can't do anything, you're trying to be normal but it's just such an effort.
"It's a bit like having a half-life. I feel like I'm existing rather living. I try and do the best I can do though."
Adding: "It's ruined my life in lots of ways, but I've tried to not let it win. All my family know how much of a problem it is but just don't ask me about it."
Michele said her insomnia first developed in 1987 and that on average she's lucky if she's gets four hours sleep a week.
Despite being exhausted from having spent nights up with her daughter Ami, 33, Michele said she was unable to sleep at all.
She said: "It started when my daughter was born, she cried a lot, but I just couldn't sleep at all.
"I'd go to bed absolutely shattered and just couldn't sleep. Sometimes I'd go a whole week without more than a few minutes' sleep. These days it comes and goes in waves. When it gets bad it can last for ages.
"I'd say on average one night a week I won't get any sleep at all. The following night I might get half-an-hour and then if I'm lucky other nights I might get an hour or so. Sometimes though I'll go a few days without any sleep at all."
Michele has tried hypnosis, sleeping tablets and even yoga to combat her sleeplessness - but to no avail.
Over the years Michele said she's struggled to hold down jobs because of her condition and added that it's also affected her memory.
Michele added that the condition has become so bad that she has to sleep in a separate room to her husband.
The proud grandmother added that despite taking a massive toll on her and her family, doctors have been unable to successfully treat her insomnia.
She said: "It's exhausting, my family can see in my face whether I've slept or not... Nothing has worked, I'm at my wits' end."
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