I’d like to take the night off—from insomnia. I recall a sleep disorder doctor asking me when my problem started. In my late 20s, I told him. It crept up on me until insomnia became my regular companion. Under that doctor’s care, I spent a miserable night in a sleep disorder clinic to find I didn’t have sleep apnea or any other physical ailment.
I guess I could blame my insomnia on my over-active brain, my husband’s occasional snoring, hormone imbalance, or restlessness, but no matter its origin, it seems as though my night is chopped up instead of one luxurious cloud of slumber. For the most part. Every now and then, I get lucky: I snooze through the night and wake up feeling refreshed. Ah, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep!
I must admit, when my husband is out of town and our alarm system is turned on to Command Instant and the bedroom door is locked and my sound machine is producing white noise, I do rest more deeply. For instance, last night while my husband was on the other side of the world, I only woke once for a short amount of time. A cause for celebration!
Here are a few strategies I’ve tried: no coffee after 1:00 in the afternoon or chocolate as a supper dessert (boo hoo), blackout fabric tacked to the backs of my curtains, getting off the Internet an hour before bedtime, reading a peaceful novel followed by a devotional, and finally, although it might sound odd, turning off our Wi-Fi. Several doctors suggested turning off the Wi-Fi at night for a better night sleep. Oh, I forgot another item: no alcoholic beverages, which seem to wake me up at 2:30 AM, when everyone else is sleeping. I figured this out years ago and simply don’t drink anymore. Hey, it saves me from having to go to AA meetings, so not such a bad deal.
|Lancaster County goats|
Last night as I lay in bed, I envisioned a barnyard pen full of kids—cute young goats. They were all butting each other’s heads playfully and meh-eh-eh-ing at the same time, just as my thoughts were still frolicking around in my head. It appeared I hadn’t read long enough to lull my scuttling mind into dreamland.
How about you? If you sleep like a baby I won’t hold it against you, but I’d love to hear your secrets. If you suffer from insomnia, how do you cope? Anyone have advice for me?
|Moon hovering over Lake Washington|
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