It may be hard to believe, but there can actually be benefits to having insomnia. From our insomnia help forums:
LindsayK - I get a lot of work done.
IvanAleisterMesniaa - Insomnia gives me inspiration to write and it helps me think more rationally.
yourfavoritecyn - I have more time to spend with my friends, more time to work on music, and more time to think.
cherrychapstik - It helps me really appreciate sleep.
pete - Insomnia lets me act on impulses that perhaps would never be experienced if sleeping. Riding a bicycle in the rain late at night can often give me a smile.
MarinaFournier - Being part of the group at Insomnia Land.
Here's a new potential benefit; a study has found that insomnia can lead to optimism. A US study looked at the impact of sleep deprivation on 29 adults who were gambling in order to win cash prizes. They found that those who were sleep deprived were more likely to gamble in order to pursue gain rather than avoid loss.
Brain scans found increased activity in the part of the brain associated with positive outcomes in those who were sleep deprived, along with reduced activity in the part that handles negative outcomes.
I doubt Las Vegas is the best destination for the sleep deprived - gambling and insomnia probably aren't the best combination. That being said, perhaps you should consider launching that new business you've always wanted, instead.
Source: Adelaide Now
Last updated: May 27, 2014