I have no trouble falling asleep; my problem is in staying asleep.
Maybe, if I am lucky, I can go two hours without waking, but that is usually not the case. No…I am looking for the elusive “all nighter.” You know, the full night sleep without the blasted helicopters waking me up as they search the seas for drug runners, or illegals.
I mean a full night sleep without someone’s security alarm beeping when they go out to their car to retrieve something at 2:00am. I don’t understand why the bartender neighbor down the street MUST have his stereo blaring when he comes home from work night – no morning – after morning.
Sometimes the wonderful sound of the waves crashing on he cliffs wakes me up. Or how about the seabirds excitingly calling to their friends when a school of bait fish are spotted near the shoreline. The night herons are wonderful examples of “spreading the word.”
Or, where did that “Charley Horse”, or crick in my neck come from?
Why, after playing a game of scrabble before going to bed, do the letters I used keep appearing in my mind?
Why can’t I fall asleep without thinking of some topic to write about for the OBRag?
Why can Buddy, my Golden Retriever, have dreams that allow him to keep sleeping but wake me up by his noises?
Where did that damn fly come from that sounds like a kamikaze circling over my head?
Why doesn’t the young man dropping off the neighbor girl across the street turn off his motor as they “make out” in the car?
Why do the neighbors down the street have to YELL at each other at 2:00 in the morning? Why couldn’t they yell at each other earlier?
Want to know something funny? I can take a nap in the middle of the day and NONE of those noises bother me. I can sleep soundly and wake up refreshed – at least for an hour or so until I find I am tired again.
I think instead of turning our clocks back 1 hour in a few weeks, we should turn them back 12 hours. If I can’t sleep at night, maybe I can sleep during the day.
Written at 2:45am – October 27th.
So….what do I do now until the alarm goes off at 6:00am?