Insomnia Illustration

Insomnia Illustration

A Poem by Kayla K

A new study has been done, showing the link between depression and insomnia. Did you know 40% of Americans experience depression, 10% which is chronic? If you believe you experience any kind of insomnia and/or depression, check out this article.

*This poem talks about self-medicating and prescription drugs. Please know that I do not support self-medicating in any way. If you really think you have a medical condition that can only be helped by taking some kind of drug, please speak to your doctor as soon as you can. Drugs for insomnia, such as Lunesta, Ambien, and Silenor can all be provided by doctor's if you do in fact have insomnia, and, if you have depression and insomnia, anti-depressants can sometimes be needed.*

"In it's early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge." ~Sidonie Gabrielle

Insomnia illustration
Dandelion depression
Buy up all my feelings
in the disease auction

Trying hard to sleep
Mind numb, body weak
Incapable of expression,
feeling like a freak.

Pop a sleeping pill
Add it to my bill,
of all my other sins.
I'm ready to give up
I lose, depression wins.

Pills just make it worse
Try alcohol, or drugs
Anything to destroy
these insomniac tugs

Blurs of color,
spinning through the day.
Trying to get some shut eye
in a depressive ballet.

Pillows and blankets,
stacked up high.
Listen to soft speaking
midnight sigh.

Chronic insomnia,
is what the doctor's say.
Prescriptions will lead the way
to a bright new day.

Sleepless nights,
Every day
becoming clear.

Lunesta pills
help through the night.
Don't be embarrassed,
for it's alright.

Try some Ambien,
to help the depression.
Studies show no abuse
from this medication.
Trouble staying asleep?
Silenor could work for you
Blocking histamine receptors,
you'll sleep all the night through.

Solutions not working,
antidepressants it might be.
Depression could cause
your insomnia army.

is far in the past.
All these prescriptions,
can keep you strong,
steering the mast.

© 2011 Kayla K

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I love how you capture insomnia and the horrible nature that comes with it. A lot of people self medicate. I will tell the truth. I like Nyquil for nights that I cannot sleep. More people than you think do it. It's like you get to the point where you are willing to do anything to get the sleep you need and when you do, you still feel as you can sleep for a million more hours, and that is where the depression plays in. The two together are a deadly combination waiting on their next victim. This poem was great.

Posted 11 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


This had a very good flow.
♥ Ta'Shandra

Posted 11 Years Ago

Enjoyed the reading, lovely write, and has more powerful flow.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Very good. The second stanza pulled me in and I was there until the end of the poem. Though I don't suffer from the disease myself i feel as if i can understand now how those you do have it suffer....well done.

Posted 11 Years Ago

This is amazing :O I can't take any of those pills body dosen't respond well....They make evrything worse so I'm screwed in that XD but anyways...the poem was amazing and flowed perfectlly (:

Posted 11 Years Ago

This was an insightful poem. I know there were many nights when I was going through stuff and couldn't sleep. I just didn't want to feel all the pain because it physically hurt.. I just wanted to be numb to it. So I took stuff to make me fall asleep.

Posted 11 Years Ago

I lovethis soooo much :) the rhyme scheme is amazing :D

Posted 11 Years Ago

I like how this goes through several different medications, as a symbol of how hard it is to get the right medication to treat a problem. Great job, I really enjoyed reading this.

Posted 11 Years Ago

way to take science.. and something that means something to you... and then making it personal... this is a perfect example of what modern poetry should be
this will go into my favorites

Posted 11 Years Ago

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A very strongly rooted poem. I like the way you described each resort to sleep, and the desperation clearly, and the was everything tugged you in. Insomnia is a hard thing to get through, and you really inspired a piece about the horrors of sleepless nights, and just simply insomnia. Amazing job :)

Posted 11 Years Ago

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