To start off with, I've tried a lot of different things - lifestyle and drug changes - to help my insomnia, but nothing really helps a whole lot. It seems to only happen when my mood is shifting, though.
I often find that I come up with a lot of great ideas while I'm drifting around between almost awake and almost asleep. Sometimes I work on things, although it's very slow and not well put together. Right now I've been pushing ideas into the design document for a game I'm making with my brother. Well, technically, right now I'm typing this post. Nevertheless, while I don't think a lot of it will make the cut - either because it's adding scope, or because it's not going to add enough value - there are a few great designs or technical details that I know will make it.
I've noticed this, as well, with songs. Admittedly, my lyrics are definitely shaped by the insomnia - often I am a bit... idk, pensive when I'm tired - but I've had some really good stuff come out of my half delusionally tired mind. I even wrote a song related to it.
Sometimes it's more simple, like all the ways I'm going to be healthier, or even how I'm definitely going to clean my office tomorrow. I think maybe it's just because I'm less inhibited, or something. It's like the voice that tells me things are unreasonable or impractical or ridiculous is just turned off. I'm not worried about thing like failing, or the difficulty, or about having the time or the energy or the money. The ideas get put on the table with the understanding that the details will follow after I get some sleep. But that brings my to the bad.
There's a lot of obvious stuff about not being able to sleep. Being tired the next day effects my ability to work, it burns up daylight when I sleep all day, assuming I actually manage to fall asleep, it stresses out my body, etc. But the main thing that I hate is that all the ideas and resolutions and revelations and inspirations are totally and utterly obliterated when I wake up and everything just goes back to status quo.
Snippet from the song:
I don’t want to sleep
To surrender these thoughts
From a tired mind
That I still want to know
What are your experiences with insomnia? Do you ever have anything of value come out of it?