Sleep. A love/hate relationship 6 Comments

Sleep. A love/hate relationship

I think everyone likes to think of themselves as an insomniac at some point. It makes us feel less irresponsible about our lack of self-discipline when it comes to staying up late when you know it’s not good for you.

My bad sleeping habits came and hit me in the face today when I discovered that I couldn’t hold a word in my head long enough to tell my hand to write it down. It was really scary. I had always prided myself on being able to function like a sane person whilst others were zombified without their eight hours. But this morning I rolled out of bed and faced the inevitable crash that all my mates had made infamous. Nothing worked for me. My toothpaste tasted weird and my breakfast wasn’t toasted and I tripped over my dog twice trying to get out of my room (she bit me in thanks). When I got to the train station and spied a storyline across the train tracks I grabbed my notebook to write it down but as soon as my pen was out I was completely lost. I really had no idea what I had meant to write. It freaked me out.

So I ended up trying to catch some sleep wherever I could find it (which earned my a pencil case print along my forehead and a sore neck) and have been seeking out sleeping tips from anyone who cares to listen. So please, what gets you to sleep on restless nights?

  • Jodie

    Hate to sound too earnest but meditation is almost a fail-safe cure. According to many, gym sessions too.


    I do not practice what I preach

  • Kate

    You can take the healthy approach of meditation, and then there are a variety of incredibly unhealthy approaches which I probably shouldn’t go into. I’ve found that reading boring books usually helps, especially wordy novels from the 19th century. Try Wilkie Collins, Herman Melville or Charles Dickens — better than any sleep aid.

  • Raf

    I find that when I can’t sleep it is better (and more exciting) to climb out my window rather than sit in bed wide awake. A nice 3am walk helps me get rid of some energy and also means that interesting things happen too sometimes.

  • Johannes Jakob

    In my mind, you climb out of the window because Frankston’s finest keep stealing your front door and it has now been replaced by bricks.

  • Sam

    Thanks Latonya for your vague and stuttering compliment. I’ll have to visit your alleged home page now, as i’ve been searching for an anti-cellulite diet for weeks now.

  • Sam

    And Cathy, in all your non-spam greatness: the topic of sleep is maybe one that is ignored a bit in discussions about writing. People love to talk about alcohol and drugs, and whether sitting at a desk or at a cafe or lying in a park is best for writing, but sleep is sort of the uncool cousin that gets ignored.

    I have shocking sleep habits – irregular and disjointed – and thus my writing is the often the same. It’s something i try to fix, especially if writing something of length, as it is too frustrating to be a different person every time you want to pick up where you left off.

    I find that if you don’t use your bed for anything but sleeping, your body/mind will associate it with sleep. I can’t lie on my bed for two minutes without getting all dozy.

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