Friday, July 4, 2008

Rock a bye me

Sleep.  Why is such a simple, intrinsic, basic human drive so hard to get enough of.  I work hard enough, why can't I sleep?  My shoulder hurts nearly all the time, I work in an emergency room so sometimes I come home with strange stuff on my mind, I want to play with my kid when I do finally get home, but none of these are the real reasons I can't sleep.  

I'm a natural born night owl.  Plain and simple.  When I wrote my manuscript, 90% of it was between the hours of 11pm and 5am.  Anything I did during the day was editing or printing.  I think better at night.  I'm astonishingly awake.  The first time I did a 3am shift in the ER I was so nervous.  I tried to take a nap beforehand.  I worked 12 straight hours until 5 in the morning walking my tail off...yet still I was awake.  

So here I am, awake as ever, have been since yesterday at 9 am.  I have to be back at work at 7 but I'm here typing because I cannot, no matter how hard I try or how many sheep I count, sleep.  Not happening.

I want to hear from all you night owls and sleep deprived zombies with big dark circles under your eyes.  What do you to catch a few winks?

1 comment:

Joy Floyd said...

Reading always helps me, and then just relax, clear your mind, maybe lightly stretch each muscle group. I've tried some herbal stuff -- Valerian root, it helps. And if all else fails, get a prescription; I've done that several times. For some reason when I go without sleep for several nights I cannot sleep.