Insomnia In Wordsworths Too Sleep Essay

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Insomnia In Wordsworths "Too Sleep"

In his poem, "To Sleep," Wordsworth talks about how he can't seem to fall asleep. He never
tells us why, but maybe it's because he doesn't know. There probably was a significant
event that he experienced that has either affected him psychologically that he doesn't
know would affect him, or he has opted to not tell us about it. Either way, his insomnia
isn't an uncommon thing. Insomnia is a condition in which a person has difficulty getting
sufficient sleep. About 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from insomnia. It can be
caused by a variety of things: overactive thyroid gland; diabetes; violent muscle
twitching; drinking caffeine-containing beverages before going to bed; and painful
arthritis. It can also be caused by endocrine disturbances; by the use of certain chemical
substances or by the withdrawal from others (including alcohol); by psychological problems
such as anxiety and depression; and by disturbances in biorhythm, such as jet lag.
However, experts estimate that in three-fourths of all cases the cause is a psychological
one. After anxiety-producing events such as the death of a loved one or loss of a job, a
person may experience sleep difficulties, for awhile. Many persons recover their normal
sleep rhythm spontaneously, but others become frustrated and depressed and develop chronic
insomnia. Napping during the day may throw off the sleep pattern further. Insomnia is not
an illness that can be cured by a sleeping pill.

Sleeping disorders are usually divided into three kinds. The first kind are the Insomnias,
which are a group of problems producing difficulty in falling asleep or difficulty in
staying asleep. The second is hypersomnolence, characterized by too much sleep, or
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