You know that glorious moment when you get into bed after a long, tiring day? The relief you feel to lie down, the snugness that surrounds you in the form of pillows, sheets, and duvets? I know and love that feeling well. Yet for the last two nights, it has eluded me.
The inability to sleep is really uncool. I blame my brain. I never usually have trouble sleeping, so insomnia is extra crappy (although I’m sure regular insomniacs don’t find it to be a fit of laughs either). Two things have seemingly kept me from sleeping the last two days: my mind, and the Arctic Monkeys.
The first night, it was frustrating. I was happily singing songs from a great band in my head, while simultaneously thinking about how I had to get up at 5 a.m. to run, and planning what I’d take with me to Cali this weekend. A few hours passed with no sleep, so I moved to the other room so as not to disturb the husband, who had to get up at 4 to make his flight. Once I moved rooms, I downloaded a white noise app, and fell asleep at some point, clocking around four hours total. And no, that 5 a.m. run did not happen.
The second night, I went to bed expecting to sleep easily since I was so exhausted. Nope! My brain is apparently working against me, and wouldn’t allow me to fall asleep. This time, I got up and ate half a PB&J and made myself a cup of sleepytime tea. I read a couple of chapters of my book (which is awesome, by the way), and turned out the light, passing out sometime after that. This time, I might have managed five hours. Again, no 5 a.m. run for me.
So how to get past a string of sleepless nights? I have no idea. But I sincerely hope that tonight marks the end of this craziness. Perhaps some gentle yoga before bed might help. I don’t have the answers (and neither does Google, not really), but I really do sympathize with people who experience this frequently. I guess it’s just one of those fun things people have to deal with from time to time, but it’s really not cool.
Oh, and the book I’m reading is Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson–an incredible writer who you should check out if you haven’t already. And while you’re at it, please tell me the secrets of falling asleep, so I can hopefully have a more restful night tonight!