I’m sure we’ve all dealt with this, no?
It seems to happen to me every 6-8 months or so and how it happens is pretty much the same. I’ve had it for the past three days, though the way I slept last night, I think it might be over.
For those who don’t know me, I’m a bit of a night owl. One, it was the way it was when I worked at the newspaper. Two, I’ve found it’s some of the best time to do job hunting things because there’s no noise around. So, I’ll go to bed, usually around 2-2:30 a.m. or so.
The past three days have been fully different. Try anywhere from 4:45 to 5:30 or so.
Allow me to give you a look into an average sleep attempt for me when I get into this pattern.
- 2 a.m. (approx): Go to bed.
- 2:30 a.m.: Give up, either read some, go on the computer or play some games on the phone to try and get my eyes tired.
- 3 a.m. (approx): Feel tired, go to bed. Toss and turn. Become wide awake. Get a million thoughts in my head. No sleep.
- 3:30 a.m.: Repeat my 2:30 a.m. things
- 4 a.m. (approx) Try bed again. Toss and turn. Wide awake. A million thoughts.
- 4:30 a.m.: Play some games on the phone in the dark, hoping the light of the phone will make my eyes tired.
- 4:45-5:30 a.m.: Somehow fall asleep.
- 9-10 a.m.: Wake up. Can’t fall back asleep.
Last night was awful. I finally threw in the towel and got to my computer and started tapping away on a fictional story I am working on — one in which I hope I can turn into a book or a small novelette.
Then it happened.
It was late this time — maybe close to five and I felt myself starting to nod off. My head bobbed and I felt extremely tired. Was it finally catching up to me?
I turned off the computer and went to bed and was out like a light.
Then, I got more then seven hours of sleep. This is one time where being unemployed worked out well for me. There was no alarm or anything, there was my body saying — this is it. Catch up, rest up and let’s get rid of this insomnia crap.
I think it’s gone now, which is something I am extremely happy about. Time will tell tonight, but usually when this happens with me, the long night of sleep is what finally turns me over.
At least that’s what I can hope.
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