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Safe and Restful Sleep

In the wee hours of the morning, for a reason unbeknownst to me, right in the middle of a ridiculous dream about the chemical elements of cheese, (which anyone who knows me well would agree is more than crazy – both the cheese part and the science part), I woke up.

From the pitch blackness of my bedroom, I knew it had to be early. Against my normal better judgment, I rolled over and looked at my alarm clock; its red glowing numbers instantly alerted me to the fact that it was 2:26 AM!

The house was quiet except for the humming sound of the furnace blower coming through my floor vent. Thinking a different sleep position would have me sleeping and dreaming in no time, I turned from side to back to side, again and again, only instead of falling back asleep, I found myself even more wide awake.

I considered getting up and giving myself a 3 hour head start on the day. I found the idea rather tempting, but I talked myself out of it. Thinking about it now, it’s almost laughable to think of my over enthusiastic brain running through the various scenarios of all I might accomplish before heading to work.

As a morning person who generally gets 7 hours of sleep per night, I seldom have a problem with my normal wake up time of 5:30. But this morning I knew I hadn’t had anywhere close to 7 hours, so I was determined to stay in bed and get more sleep.

Another glance at the clock told me it was 2:45.

I fluffed my buckwheat husk pillow, at least as much as it’s possible to fluff a buckwheat husk pillow, and then did some deep breathing slowly in and out. As my mind started racing, I tried to quiet it by saying some prayers.

I tried some meditation exercises. I repeated calming words as I breathed in and out.

Peace…

Quiet…

Still…

Blessings…

3:14

I had no idea why I kept looking at the clock. It was almost as if my eyes were magnetically drawn to the numbers.

I straightened my blankets.

From out of nowhere, I remembered an old commercial jingle for Sominex. Take Sominex tonight and sleep, safe and restful sleep, sleep, sleep. That’s all I wanted to do … sleep, sleep, sleep.

I thought about how nice it would be to know someone else who couldn’t sleep and call them. Then we could bemuse our sleeplessness together.

But with no one to call I tossed and turned. I even tested the waters of getting out of bed and no sooner had my feet hit the floor than I quickly nixed that idea and crawled back into bed.

3:22

I wrestled with my thoughts while my body continued to toss and turn.

3:33

I told myself I needed sleep. I willed myself to fall asleep. I considered reading and then warned myself to not turn on the light.

3:44

My brain was overflowing with thoughts…random meandering thoughts.

More breathing. More prayers.

4:20

I turned on my iPhone and called work to leave myself a voicemail with some of the random meandering thoughts. My voice sounded gravelly and when I hung up, I was confident the brain dump would help me fall asleep. It didn’t.

Peace…

Quiet…

Still…

Blessings…

Thank You…

I kept negotiating with my brain for one more hour of sleep. All I wanted was to wake up at 5:30. That’s the last thing I remember.

6:20

I had finally fallen asleep. I laid there and tried to get my head wrapped around the time on the clock. I wondered how it was possible to feel ready to take on the day at 2:26, but at 6:20 my brain felt foggy and sleep deprived. I negotiated. I wondered how another 10 minutes could possibly make a difference. Since I don’t use an alarm clock to wake up and with no snooze alarm to nudge me, staying in bed is never a good idea. Throwing caution to the wind, I threw back the covers and decided to close my eyes for only a few minutes.

6:48

In the split second it took my brain to take in the time, I also fully realized I was late, late, LATE!

And that ladies and gentlemen is how I started my day today. I headed to work not only late and butt dragging tired, but with the teasing thoughts of an early bedtime. I also caught myself humming the Sominex melody several times too.

I am finally heading to bed right now, minus the Sominex, and not as early as I had originally planned. I’m just hoping for safe and restful sleep, sleep, sleep.

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4 comments on “Safe and Restful Sleep

  1. Therese
    November 1, 2013

    I relate! Lately I have been listening to books on youtube. I have been so surprised at how many books there are on there. I plug my headphones into my kindle fire and get in a comfortable position and close my eyes and inevitably I am soon asleep. Sweet dreams!

    • spencedaniel2012
      November 5, 2013

      Therese, I had NO idea that YouTube had books on tape. Thanks for the great suggestion and the sweet dreams wishes! Happy Listening!

  2. Ann Spence
    November 7, 2013

    Sue,
    I so enjoyed the ease and flow of the pictures as you toss and turn and pause to look at the clock with the reader.. Wonderful. I’m laying down with too few hours of sleep as I write this; and as is always the case with you, I can so relate. Another total keeper.

    • spencedaniel2012
      November 7, 2013

      Thanks for your ‘total keeper’ feedback and kind words, Ann. I’m so glad you enjoyed my accompanying photos. For me, laying down and planning to do anything besides sleeping, especially reading or watching TV is generally the fastest way to fall asleep. Sweet dreams when you get there!

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