Monday, June 6, 2011


One of the most difficult things for me to deal with isdisrupted sleep patterns.

Since going blind, I have had no real sleep pattern. I can just fall asleep riding the bus, fall asleep in the afternoon or spend the night fully awake. It is frustrating and leads to a constant feeling of tiredness and irritation.

I don't know the cause of the change in my sleep pattern. I cannot say it is my lack of awareness of light. I do see light and know when it goes dark outside, my blindness is more with visual accuity, that is blurred vision to varying degrees.

It may be that with the blurred vision there is less intensity to the light that I see. A bright day is as bright to me as a dull cloudy day was. Now dull and cloudy might as well be night for me. Whatever the cause I hope it is not permanent, and that sometime in the future I may get a good night's sleep again.


  1. I wonder if you ever resolved this. My mother is slowly losing her optic nerve, and her insomnia is rapidly getting worse as her optic nerve goes. I'm wondering once it is gone, if the lack of light through the nerve to her brain is going to cause some forever sleep disruption.

    Since she is retired, she can sleep whenever she wants, though she has resisted that. I'm hoping if she just listens to her body and sleeps when she's tired, she'll be ok. She doesn't have to be on a common schedule.

    1. Hello Anonymous, I am sorry to hear about your mothers condition.
      No my insomnia has continued for the past few years. I generally find it works through about a six week cycle. With me drifting into sleepless nights and tired days being the worst. I have just passed this phase and am moving towards some syncronicity with normal days at the moment I wake about 4am local time and stay awake until about 8pm.

      You are probably correct in linking this insomnia with lack of light getting through the optic nerve, that sounds pretty much the situation I found as my optic nerve failed.


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