Lately I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with sleep.
If I knew that each night I could snuggle in under my duvet and fall into a deep restful sleep I would love it. But I can’t. So I hate it.
Sleep is such an amazing thing. It’s healing and rejuvenating and just plain enjoyable. Beautiful really. And, in theory, it’s dead easy.
Lie down. Close eyes. Sleep. Done. Not always.
So why is that each night I lay down, tired out from a busy day, close my eyes and….nothing? I toss and turn searching for the ultimate position that will send me of to lala land. Wrapping the covers around me tightly like a baby works sometimes. When it doesn’t, I try lying on my back. Then my left side. Then my right side. Then in a desperate attempt I flop onto my stomach. Ughh.
It seem like once I am in bed the world’s problems descend with a thud onto my pillow. Along with my nine pound cat. (but that’s a story for a different day) All the things that have been pushed back into the corners of my mind during the day, creep out of the darkness and start circling. Taking turns bombarding me with issues that can’t be solved. And just when one is done pecking my brain, another swoops in to takes a turn at keeping me awake.
Then there’s the whole sweating thing. It goes like this.
Wake up drenched in sweat.
Throw covers off.
Wait approximately thirty seconds.
Pull covers back over head and attempt to get back to sleep.
Every freakin night.
I know I’m not the only one but really? We can’t find a way to stop this?
So if sleeping sucks so much for me right now, why do it? Maybe I should just make the best of a bad situation. Most adults sleep 8 – 9 hours a night. Think of all the things things that I could do with that time instead of tossing and turning and thinking and sweating.
- Eight loads of laundry. Washed, dried and folded.
- Run a long way. Depending on how strong I’m feeling and if I’m running on the street or the trail I’d guess somewhere between 30 to 40 km.
- Read a book. A whole book. Without interruptions.
- Bake. Cookies, squares, a cake, healthy granola bars. Whatever Pinterest can throw at me. And I would nail it.
- Sort all of my digital pictures and finally, once and for all, make books out of them.
- Spend time with my mom. Although she would probably be sleeping so that might not work out so well.
- Clean out the garage. No, like totally clean it out. Everything.
- Watch House of Cards and re-wind it every time I don’t understand what they said or what the political implications are.
- Write a blog and post it in the middle of the night.
What would you do with an extra few hours a day?
The Best Thing in Life is to sleep. But if you can’t, there are endless possibilities.