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Is it normal to get insomnia just before a trip???

Travel Forums General Talk Is it normal to get insomnia just before a trip???

1. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

so its 2:37 am and exactly 14 days before I leave for three and a half months to the South Pacific and S.E.Asia.

I need to work in the morning (only 10 shifts left!!!), and yet I can't sleep.

I was up early this morning, yet i can't sleep.

I never have trouble sleeping, hardly. Yet i can't sleep.

Over and Over in my head I fantasize about basking in a blue lagoon, deep in Fijian seas. I imagine the new life I shall lead, the one I've yearned for always where the horizons are always changing. I recite the poetry in my head I've been memorizing to keep myself company during my travels.

Over and Over in my head I keep the list of the things I've not yet purchased: universal sink plug, padlock, tea tree oil...Will I bring a few tea bags, i ask myself? ...sure, sounds good. What day will I drop off my budgies to the lady who'll be taking care of them? Wednesday? Thursday?

Around and Around until I am tired of going Around and Around. Yes! I am tired! and i can't sleep!

I'm posting this instead. Its now 2:45. Who amongst you can sympathize with the hyper-excitment of the 2 weeks leading up to a first time solo backpacking trip?

Stories, comments, questions. Would love to hear em.


2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

If it excitement its cool.

I miss getting that feeling. Been out of my country for a year.

Now, I guess I get insomia with the thought that I am closing my tour.

excitement is better than anxiety. there is probably a thin though.

I Think its pretty normal to have trouble sleeping, if your first, but well planned travel to PARADISE realms.
I am excited for you! I actually envy, becoz you can afford to buy the things you think about. I can't even get a guide book or the chic mallaria pills, mosquito repellants and hords of other things that can make Batman's utility belt worth a dime.

I'm off to Malaysia soon and I do get anxious and excited... I still have three countries on my list.

have a nice trip!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I get insomnia before any big event--so I definitely sympathize! It feels so lonely when you're up in the middle of the night--like everyone else in the world is sound asleep and you missed the sleep train, or something. (I'm wondering how I'm going to get to sleep and not crawl out of bed with puffy eyes on my wedding day! Ack!!!)

Just think of all the sleeping you can do on the beach!

4. Posted by Lachesis (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It's more than normal to get insomnia before a SOLO backpacking trip! Enjoy your unique experience and please do share it with us! Be cool! :)

5. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

haha, kid on Christmas eve syndrome I call it!

With me it's just excitement, I keep myself awake at night thinking of the future plans even before I have anything booked, or have the money to even go away! The sand, the sea, the sun, the new people I will meet, the scenery, I love it all and thats what keeps me awake!

All the nighttime thoughts give me the motivation to just get out there and do it.

I'm sure when I'm embarking on my big trip I will be keeping myself awake with different thoughts though (did I buy some sun cream? What book should I read on the plane? What time should I set off to the airport....who's going to take me!!)

Have a great time and I'm sure you'll be awake with excitement same time tomorrow!

6. Posted by WelshEmma (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Not so much insomnia but a lot of dreams of packing and sorting things out.....I have a week to go before I go to Aus...very nervous!! I wish I were more excited and feel I should be. I am I think, just nerves kicking in and wondering if I have made right decision to travel.....I know I have...just scary, giving up your job, that security you know, and upping and leaving the people you love....I guess it's just and adventure, a great big adventure...sorry for the rambling

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I often can't sleep before any big event in my life. I don't think I slept much at all in the month leading up to me moving to the UK, then once I arrived here, I slept 12 - 14 hours a day for two weeks to catch up! Part of it is the excitement, but another part is the stress. The stress of having to get everything done before you go, the stress of heading out into the unknown, the stress of change. Any change, whether good or bad, brings you stress, and that can impact your sleeping patterns.


8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think insomnia before a trip is a common thing - a friend of mine set off on a big travelling trip recently and had insomnia for weeks beforehand.

The night before I left to go travelling (and had given up job, flat etc) I thought 'what the hell have I done' and I couldn't sleep at all that night. But I had the time of my life and I'm sure you will too, so try not to stress! :)

9. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Its probably actually fear thats causing it, when i worry about things i now actually feel like sleeping, but i used to get pretty hyper active...................