Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sleepless Nights

The other day, Dalin and I watched an episode of Law and Order, in which a girl killed her school roommate after spending 6 days without sleeping. The sleep deprivation essentially made her go crazy and kill that other girl.

Factoid: Guinness no longer accepts entries of "longest time spent without sleeping" due to health risks.

I have never really had that huge of a problem with insomnia. Usually in the summer I will go a couple nights without sleeping, usually because it's so hot and I can't sleep if it's too hot. This genuine didn't-sleep-even-for-a-second kind of thing generally only happens once or twice a year with me though.

But the past week has been insane. It's like clockwork. Regardless of all my best efforts, I haven't been able to fall asleep or stay asleep for the past...I think it's 5 days now. I don't think i'll go crazy and kill anyone because I usually end up taking naps during the day (At which time I never have problems falling but still. No matter how tired I feel before bed, as soon as my head hits the pillow, I get this creepy crawly sensation all over my body and I HAVE to get up.

Some nights I do manage to fall asleep though, i'll be honest. But only to wake up a whopping HALF HOUR later, and only then be met with the ants in my skin and the traffic in my brain.

I know and utilize all the 'tips and tricks' to help thwart insomnia. I get some light exercise a few hours before bed, I only use the bedroom for sleeping and sex, I put lavender on my pillow, I sip chamomile, I play soothing music, I take a nice bubble bath. Hell, I even used those shitty over the counter sleep aids (yielded nothing but heartburn.)

None. Of. It. Works.

And actually, I take back that comment about not thinking I'm going to go crazy. I am actually pretty sure I've already gone there.


On another note, there is a blog I read that does something called 'fiction friday' where, every friday, as the name suggests, she posts a prompt for a short work of fiction that people then post on their own blogs. I thought it seemed like a kind of fun thing to do, but I don't know if it would be boring for you guys. How do you feel about fiction in blogs? I know that there is another blog I read that has semi-frequent posts that are a connected series of short stories, and I personally hate reading them. I think they ruin an otherwise completely fine blog. But then, maybe that's just me (or maybe she really does just suck at writing fiction, who knows?) How do you feel about the prospect of reading MY fiction? Please let me know what you think in the comments.


  1. I like the fiction idea. Go for it. As for the insomnia... have you tried the ACV & honey? Knocks me out every time.
    Also... look up Paul McKenna.. I listen to his "Sleep like a log" and I'm out before he even finishes his "trance".
    Yes, it's hypnosis... don't knock it unless you've tried it... I lost 25 lbs in a couple of months listening to his weight loss trances, as I was falling asleep.

  2. I would love to read posts of your fiction. It would break it up for me a little better than the novel I am taking a sad amount of time to read. Get some sleep darling, perhaps you should just hold your breath until you pass out at night. Have Dalin check on you to make sure you are breathing. Ps: I was just kidding. Try not to think about falling asleep, the pressure of slipping into dreamland the moment you slip into bed has always been too much for me. When you hop into the sack just be prepared with a few emergency tasks... Like a book next to the bed, or misc. socks to sort, something mundane and you should be slipping into blackness with ease, if not atleast you get some monlight cleaning done.