Ever have trouble sleeping? What do you do while you’re awake?
Occasionally I can’t sleep. It’s mostly due to eating or drinking something with caffeine too close to bedtime. Like 6 hours too close. I seem to be very sensitive to caffeine at night. If I eat chocolate after 4 p.m., the earliest I can get to sleep is 2 a.m., and I’m lucky if it’s that early. It doesn’t take much. One Oreo cookie kept me up most of the night one time. Tea or pop after 2 p.m. is a surefire way to keep me awake if we’re driving.
The other day in late afternoon, I forgot what time it was and ate the two double chocolate cookies Hubby gave me. I went to bed at the usual time but tossed and turned. I finally got up and got on the computer. The dark of night is usually a good time to write, but my muses were asleep. I picked up a book to read, but it’s not an edge-of-my-seat one so I set it aside. Only one alternative was left. I played games on my Kindle while I watched old TV programs. We recorded Perry Mason shows so I had a nice supply of them to watch. Later, Sea Hunt was on, a show from the late 1950s about a scuba diver starring a young Lloyd Bridges. Around 5 a.m., I finally felt sleepy.
I know I’m not the only one who can’t sleep. I’ve seen several posting on Facebook in the middle of the night. Once I had a chat with my nephew while he was in Afghanistan. It was amazing to think on the other side of the planet he was talking with me via the chat box. I enjoy chatting with others when they can’t sleep. If you see me posting something when I shouldn’t be, let’s talk.
What do you do when you can’t sleep? My problem isn’t insomnia; it’s lack of willpower when refusing chocolate or forgetting to check the clock. I need help in knowing what to do when I can’t drop off to sleep. Please don’t tell me to clean. I don’t like doing that even when it’s daytime. Doing it at night seems worse. Reading a good book is an excellent option. Without interruptions, reading is a great way to spend the time. I need to find a good book series to read when I’m up so if you have suggestions, I welcome them. Old TV shows and movies are fun to watch. Are there any good ones on Netflix that I haven’t found? Maybe I need a coloring book to work in while I watch TV. At least that’s productive.
Hubby falls asleep whenever he lies down. I wish we could all be that way. As long as we’re not, let’s use the time to do something we enjoy.