When the world is dark and quiet, and everyone is asleep, you lie there, jealous of the sounds of the sleeping humans and animals near you. In some ways, you feel lucky to enjoy the peace and solitude of the night. But, you know, later in the day, the gritty eyes, the fatigue, and no time to rest will strike a negative chord in the day.
According to mayoclinic.org, “Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap your energy level and mood and your health, work performance, and quality of life.”
Why can’t I sleep? I have no idea. A dream woke me this time. As I lay in bed, I try various things to soothe. Prayer and gratitude, snuggling in further into the bed, feeling lucky to have my sleeping companions, a comfortable bed, and a soft pillow. I tell myself a story. But, still, I cannot sleep.
Worries about the state of the world. Worries about family and friends. Worries, worries, worries creep into my head.
Technology is a double-edged sword with insomnia. It’s an entertaining way to cruise through the internet and social media sites in the wee hours of the morning. So, insomnia for me can be a love/hate relationship. Sometimes, I can actually get up and work on household chores (albeit quietly), write, or do something creative.
It’s a wild and wonderful world, so I try to remind myself that the extra minutes during a night of insomnia are a gift rather than a curse. Pleasant dreams to you, dear reader, and wishes for a full night’s sleep!