My name is Andy S.
Eight years ago, in a desperate effort to put my out-of-control napping and waking up late in remission, I started a 12-step called Sleepers Anonymous. I was also a compulsive overeater and came to OA and talked constantly about my sleeping. People were angry at me because they didn’t understand. One day, this OA guy who was also in AA offered to sponsor me in both programs and I was able not to nap for 3.5 years until I stopped working the steps and relapsed for 4 years.
But before I relapsed, I had this dream that one day, I’d start this fellowship and help tens of thousands of men and women just like OA did for others. One day, an OA friend of mine called me and said, “Andy, I need help. I’m falling asleep at the wheel on the way home from meetings.” That’s the day I knew for sure that it was my duty to do so. I sponsored him for a while, but for various reasons, he eventually went through the steps with my original sponsor. This fellow, has sponsored more Sleepers than anyone I know.
One of the ones he sponsored was my current sponsor. This past Wednesday August 29, 2016, was my One-year-anniversary in SleepA. On that day, I received my best gift. This guy contacted me through an article in the following link
I started sponsoring him the next day and he’s already recovering.
I started to become an early riser as a result of the program.
My question is how do I tell the world that Undersleeping or Oversleeping is an addiction when nobody except for the writer of that article Gary Enos believes us?
How can I explain to the professional, but much more importantly to the sufferer, that sleeping in in the morning is totally addicting because when I was doing it was to escape life and my miseries, and that I would do anything, suffer the ridicule of others, be afraid of threats from authority figures, miss expensive appointments and get fired from jobs, just for that, “One more minute…I promise”?
How do I convey to folks that compulsive napping is a real thing and is an obsession just like getting drunk is to the real alcoholic? That the feeling in the mind and body that tells the napper that unless they take a nap something terrible is going to happen, and that this is so real that the person must do it to escape that mental and physical pain?
And how do I explain the horrible dysphoric feeling that comes after, not before, sleeping in or napping?
Especially I don’t know how to explain first hand but from anecdotal experience, that fellows like my sponsor were addicted to insomnia and got 4 hours of sleep every night no matter what they tried? And now he sleeps like a baby.
How do I spread our message of hope to the 20,000,000 insomniacs in the U.S. alone, to the numerous nappers, and to all those who suffer from sleeping in?
And how do I get more support from more addiction magazines that will believe us when we say that the twelve steps of Sleepers Anonymous work just as well as AA works for real alcoholics?
Please tell me.
Andy S. Co-founder of SleepA and Sleeper number one