Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Not Sleeping


I know I've mentioned it before, but I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep or getting a good nights rest. Tonight is a perfect example. A little more than an hour ago I was feeling pretty groggy and ready for bed. Hopped in the sack, tossed and turned for a while, and here I am, sitting at the computer. I've found laying in bed hoping to fall asleep doesn't work so well, so I'm trying to keep busy.

Sometimes it is perfectly obvious why I can't sleep, anxiety, excitement, or thinking about climbing often keep me up. Sometimes I'll have had way to many cups of tea throughout the day, but I don't usually let that happen. Other times there is no obvious reason. I'm tired, mind and body, I'm comfortable, free of restless thoughts, and yet I just lie there awake for hours.

On occasion this can turn into a very creative brainstorming session. Fortunately, I usually do fall asleep at some point, but unfortunately by the time I wake up I've forgotten my brilliant ideas.

I guess you could say I'm exhibiting Insomnia-like symptoms. It comes and goes mind you. In Hueco I had about three weeks of amazing sleep despite sleeping in the back of my Subaru with my dog. Then, right near the end of the trip I started having restless nights again. I had it the worst when I was a young teenager. I vaguely remember a summer when I got about 1 or 2 hours of sleep a night. Its not that bad now.

5 comments:

Becky said...

Oh geez that's awful. Could it be the two iced teas you drank yesterday evening?? Hmmm.

Caitlin said...

um... that picture is going to give me nightmares. i think her eyes just ripped out my soul. just because you can't sleep doesn't mean you have to makes others suffer!

Justin said...

Sorry, the painting is called Insomniac.

BEA said...

I feel like that painting almost daily. It's a family thing, falling asleep is not our greatest skill!

Susan said...

I agree with BEA but I've found that AdvilPM or even half an Ambien are wonderful when plagued with the tossing, turning, and pondering the world's problems without any solution of course. Or, you could go to Hawaii.......