Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. ~Fran Lebowitz
It's 4 AM, and I've been up for about half an hour -- I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. When I first looked at the clock, I misread it and thought it said 4:40, and I thought well, it's almost 5 AM, I can get up. But when I did get up and turned on the coffee and looked at the clock again, it was 3:40 . . . It was. I checked all the clocks to be sure.
So here I am, up with the little kitty, who of course wanted to get up too, the minute she heard some action happening in the kitchen.
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I feel as if I haven't had a decent night's sleep since I was pregnant, 27 years ago. Of course I know that's not strictly true, but that's how it feels. It's hard to sleep when you're pregnant, and then when you have a child you never get any sleep, what with getting up to make sure they're still breathing, getting up to nurse, getting up to walk a toddler back to bed, getting up with a child who's sick . . . on and on. And then, if you came to motherhood late, as I did, before you know it, you're heading toward menopause, and then you can never sleep. And of course we know that seniors live on about 3 hours of sleep. So there you have it.
I wish I could nap, but I can't, generally. My Loved One, who spends most of his working day in the car, can pull over to the side of the road and nap for a refreshing 10 minutes, or take a quick nap before dinner (or after dinner), and when he goes to bed at night can fall asleep almost immediately, while I'm left staring at the ceiling. I, on the other hand, have to go through a ritual to get to sleep in the daytime -- set the alarm for 90 minutes, turn on a fan for white noise, turn on a babbling brook for relaxation, read for half an hour, catch myself at just the right sleepy moment to close the book and close my eyes . . . and then half the time I don't actually sleep. Sigh.
More and more, researchers are finding that sleep is critical to our well-being. I'd like the opportunity to find out if that's true, but it's now 4:18 and I don't think I'm going to get that chance today. How do you get to sleep -- and stay asleep?
Oh, by the way, here's the fellow who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat -- he looks pretty well rested, no?
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