Sleepless in Mexico

Hi!  My name is Leslie.  I am a night owl.

I can never fall asleep before midnight, even knowing that I have to wake up just a few hours later to start my day all over again.

I didn't always used to be like this.  Believe it or not, there used to be a time when I thought going to sleep at 10:30 was really late.   And I couldn't stand to be the last one to fall asleep.  But somewhere along the line, things changed.  

According to my journals, I started staying up late about 6 years ago.  Back then I thought it was just insomnia, but now I'm not so sure.

Some might blame it on the caffeine I consume in coffee, Mexican Coca-Cola, and iced tea.  But the times that I've given up my favorite caffeinated beverages for Lent, my "problem" persisted for the 40+ days.

Others might blame it on the computer.  I'll admit that it is quite the distraction, keeping me up late at night, like tonight.  But back when my problem started, I didn't even have a computer.  And it's not always the computer that keeps me awake.  Some times it's a movie or TV show that I've been wanting to watch, or a good book that I just can't put down.  Or maybe it's something crafty that I'm working on.  And in the cold winter months, it's watching over a very sick Nick that keeps me awake at night.

Then there are those nights where I try to force myself to go to sleep early.  (By early, I mean 10 - 10:30.)  I lay down, but spend the next couple of hours tossing and turning with a million thoughts racing through my head.  I've tried counting sheep.  Drinking chamomile tea and/or warm milk.  Breathing and relaxation exercises.  And forgoing my afternoon nap.  But still, I don't end up falling asleep until after midnight.

The more I try to figure out why I stay up so late every night, the more I'm convinced it has something to do with the fact that the late-night hours are the only hours of the day I have completely to myself.

Whoa!  Wait a minute!  That actually makes sense to me.  I could really be on to something here.  But it's late and I'm beat.  I think I'll just sleep on it.        
 

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*This post was inspired by one of the many writing prompts from Mama Kat's World Famous Writer's Workshop.  

1 comment

  1. Kristen SchnelleMay 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    I think its "you" time. Obviously your brain needs so your body will survive. You'll sleep when you need to. 

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