Saturday, August 29, 2009
What is it about sleep? It seems when you need it most it’s unavailable. At least that’s how it is for me. When my life gets too hectic I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.
Usually I just lie there and…
listen to my husband snore
list in my head all the things I have to do (tomorrow, next week, next month)
mentally write the numbers from 20 to 1 on a blackboard and then erase them
play mental word games and find words that rhyme
poke my husband in the shoulder so he’ll turn over and stop snoring
listen to the automatic sprinklers come on
watch the moonlight on the walls
list things I’m grateful for
think about how tired I am
think about the emails I need to send…
Lately though I’ve been getting up and going into my little office to actually send out the emails. And then I’ve been checking on blogs from around the world. I find it comforting to think that there are people up and about and living their lives and a enjoying themselves at this very moment . And while it’s 4:15 am here, it might be 2:15 in Seville or evening in Thailand … and I’m not the only person awake in the dark
We’re working on the little downstairs suite to get it ready for the young student couple that will be renting it this winter while going to university. Yesterday I painted the walls of the bathroom and tomorrow we’re going to replace the floor—among other things. Well, I’m feeling tired now. Better try going back to sleep.
I know I’m not the only one with insomnia. Any suggestions on how to get through those quiet dark hours are welcome.