Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I’ve been flirting with insomnia since the cruise. There was one night, when the fabulous Sharon gave me an acupuncture relaxation treatment and I slept for twelve blissful hours. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than I was when I woke up, refreshed.

I’ve been battling the lack of quality sleep for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve felt like a true insomniac. I can’t really fall asleep, and when I finally do, I wake up with incredible frequency. In lieu of being frustrated, I’ve decided to use the extra time to do things like read, write, knit, and catch up with my TiVo.

I’m also using the time to plan my wardrobe so I don’t kill myself in the morning trying to make it look like my clothes didn’t jump out of the closet and attack me. This is better for everyone- trust me.

I’ve got an appointment with Dr. B this week, and I’m debating taking the sleep meds that my regular doctor prescribed. (I stopped because they made me perpetually drowsy. I also didn’t want a pill to fix the problem.)

Maybe I’m not spending enough time at the spinning wheel. Maybe the issue is that I spent ten days away from the spinning wheel, and my brain has interpreted it as a major deficit.

While I don’t really like how I feel, the upside is that I am getting a lot accomplished. I’ve always felt like I don’t have enough time to do the things that I want.

Instead of being frustrated and tossing and turning, I’ve added a few things to the nightstand to pass the time- knitting, a notebook, and Tika’s copy of The Poisonwood Bible. I understand that this will pass with time, but I figure, why not use the extra time?


  1. Welcome to my nightmare. I would go days on 2 hours max per night. Finally I just stayed up till 4:00 and up again at 6:30 to start my day. Spinning is like a double shot of espresso for me. I need to stop spinning by 10:00 or it's like I just finished running around the block. The late night TV line-up is my prime time. I finally just gave in and embraced the extra time. Reading and knitting and even spinning. Hope the meds help. I take an antihistamine the night before if I really need some sleep because of a work meeting or something special. Good luck

  2. Talk of the Nation today (5/20/08) was all about sleep issues and the stupid way the medical establishment deals with them. See if you can find the audio. The woman who was on was...um...not stupid.
    ; )


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