‘I know I will be so tired’: a teenager on living with insomnia

Anita Salimi, 18, says sleep has been a problem for her since she was a young child
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Anita Salimi describes insomnia as one of the worst feelings in the world, likening being awake when she hasn’t slept to walking around in a dream-like state. “It’s awful,” she says.

“When I cannot sleep I lie there thinking about what has happened during the day and what could happen tomorrow. I get frustrated and worried about being awake – I think I have to be up tomorrow and I know I will be so tired.”

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