Hey there.

I hope you're well. Firstly, sincere thanks to those of you who emailed me or sent messages online. I really appreciate it. I just switched on the PC for the first time in over a week. I'll keep it brief. I collapsed at home last weekend and was taken to hospital. I've been dealing with sleep deprivation/insomnia for many years. I average 3 - 4 hours a night as an absolute maximum, no exaggeration. I've learned to cope with it and to live with it. Countless doctors have recommended various medications for it, but I've always refused medication. I've seen healers too and tried the naturopathic/homeopathic route to no avail.

So my body had enough last week and essentially went into shock and shut down. It was very painful and disorientating and I had a rotten few days, but the upside is that my heart is in great shape as is my overall general fitness. Of course my heart was the first thing I thought of when it happened. Thank Christ there's no problem there. But the chronic exhaustion brought on by years of sleep deprivation has caught up with me and I have to deal with it.

Producing a commercial radio show alone, with no producer/editor/assistant is very hard work anyway, without factoring in the above. But I love it, I live for it and I can't imagine not doing it. I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks recovering and also meeting some people who have had results in treating seemingly hopeless cases of sleep deprivation. I'll overcome it.

I'm going offline again and completely switching off. The show will return on Monday September 3rd and will continue as normal Monday - Thursday 7PM and 11 AM Sunday. It kills me not to be on, it really does. I've poured everything into this show over the last four years and given everything to every show I have ever produced/presented. But I'll be all the better for having this few weeks off, I know it. So look after yourself, thanks for listening and for supporting the show and I'll be back before you know it. Slán go fóill,



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Richie is the host of The Richie Allen Show and has enjoyed a long, and varied, broadcasting career.