I wish I slept like a normal person. I will go days where I sleep no more than 2 hours a night. Followed by days where I can’t stay awake past 8 pm and will sleep until 8 am…if the spawn shut the hell up and Dr. Evil doesn’t fluff the bedspread eight times…then follow it up with rearranging his pillows 84,000 times during his nighttime ‘get-comfortable’ ritual….which can occur anywhere from 9:30pm to 1am depending on what he’s got going on.
Then there’s the fun ones – the ones where I fall asleep too early – like 9pm – and am wide awake from 1am to 5am. I get a lot of books read during this time. I can’t do laundry during the night as the machines are over Eldest Spawn’s room and like me, he’s a light sleeper. I can’t clean the kitchen because the dogs hear the water and come running like there’s a rabbit to chase….in turn waking up various spawn…who wake up other spawn…who still don’t get Dr. Evil to wake up…pissing me off even more (usually annoyed I can’t sleep but can’t get anything done to make the next day easier since I know I’m going to be tired)…making it harder yet to sleep. Yeah…I get a lot of books read between 1am and 5am. I try to stay off the computer because that’s a guaranteed no-more-sleep night….once I’m on….I’m sucked in.
I’ve given up caffeine. I’ve tried melatonin. I have a prescription to help – hate it. I’ve tried Tylenol pm. I’ve tried a beer. I’ve tried wine. I’ve tried abstaining from all of these things. I’ve tried working out at night. I’ve tried working out in the mornings. I’ve tried complete darkness. I’ve tried having a radio on.
Problem is – when I’m tired, I’ve overly emotional. In the middle of the night…..when I don’t sleep I think about what could have happened. I think about what did happen. I find myself back in time – worrying about what was going to happen. I occasionally fall asleep only to wake up in a cold sweat worried about the sounds the monitors are making in Dr. Evil’s hospital room. Which one is it? His heart monitor – dialysis machine? The ventilator? What is the sound?!?! Oh yeah – it’s my watch alarm going off because it’s 5:45am. I’m on the couch in my living room with a dog looking at me like I’m as crazy as I feel.
When this happens multiple nights in a row, I find a reason to NOT sleep. I don’t want to dream about that.
….Down comes a rested Dr. Evil followed by three spawn wandering down in random states of alertness. Eldest Spawn meanders up from the basement. And I seek my coffee. STAT. Or if my mood is really off – bring on the Diet Dew – or whatever brand of poison I have in the fridge.
Then…the migraines arrive. Yay oh yah – happy day. Because then….I have to go to bed. I have to take some medicine. I sleep usually about 12 hours after downing about a gallon of water. And I just sleep. Usually deep, deep sleep where I don’t remember my dreams upon waking. Yeah – the migraine hangover headaches suck. But at least I got some sleep and we can reset the clock again.
Theme Thursday’s theme : Early Birds, Night Owls……. I went a little off the cliff with this one – I didn’t mean to – just sort of happened.
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