GETTING MORE TALE #868: Insomni-omni-omni-a
It happened again. Insomnia. The battle rages on, win some lose some. I’m so wired on Friday nights. Fridays, being the last night of the work week, are the only night I allow myself to enjoy a couple cups of coffee. That’s part of it, but what really gets me wired is this burst of creative energy that comes with the weekend. That’s been amplified recently with the Friday night live streams. Those who have participated know what it’s like. You get this charge; this burst of adrenaline after a good show. I’m up for four hours after a decent one, let alone a great one.
Eventually I go to bed but my head rattles all night: ideas, worries, creativity. The next day is Saturday. That’s my day to have fun, work on enjoyable projects, and spend time with my wife. I’ve had problems sleeping in on Saturdays since I was a kid! It’s a real thing. I get too excited to get up and at ‘er.
It’s especially unenjoyable when I’m tossing and turning in bed with a song I dislike stuck in my head. Radio often repeats songs I don’t like. The Cornell version of “Patience”, or The Wild. Or even J.J. Wilde. (I know, I know, she’s local, I shouldn’t say bad things. I love her voice, just not her song.) The best thing for me to do in that case is get up and listen to something else. I have to think carefully about what to listen to, because it’s likely going to be the next song that will be stuck in my head for the rest of the night. Something old and familiar that feels like good times will work. It has to be familiar though. If not, my brain will skip like a record when it can’t remember how parts of the song go.
I have a few strategies in my war against insomnia. One is to burn off some energy by going for a late night walk, although in recent days this is…not the best option. Not anymore. Not since Covid. A shelter was opened down the street. We’ve seen an uptick in crime and drug use. A few weeks ago, a car was on fire in the middle of the night. I’m not kidding. This is across the street!
Instead of a walk, I’ll go out on the porch, watch some Youtube, listen to some songs, and eventually go back to bed. I try not to rise before the sun does. If the sun is coming out, then I give myself permission to get up. This does not always work out, but it’s a guideline. I have also tried turning my clock around so I can’t see the face. That keeps me from counting the minutes until it’s a good time to get up.
Maybe I’m not the best one for giving advice, but it’s important to talk about this stuff. I’ve said it multiple times — we are all in this together. Interrupted sleeping patterns is part of living through a pandemic. Maybe you can give me some advice. I’ve tried a few different earphones for sleep but nothing has been comfortable enough to wear longer than an hour. Do you have any sleep earphone recommendations? Leave in the comments. Must be wired — no Bluetooth. Helping each other is the way we’ll beat this pandemic and the war on insomnia!