Losing Sleep and Counting Sheep…


Until recently, I’ve never had a problem with going to sleep and staying asleep. I’ve grown accustomed to and am rather fond of getting a solid 8 hours a night. Sure, I’ve had the odd night of restlessness now and then, but nothing like I’ve been experiencing recently.

I go to bed exhausted, barely able to hold an after-dinner conversation, but then find myself tossing, turning and fidgeting. I’m sensitive to every sound in my vicinity – including the barking dogs down the road, which until recently I didn’t know existed.

Once I’m finally able to fall asleep, I typically sleep soundly for what I think is a few hours, although I’m not exactly sure on time, because I refuse to look at the clock.

Once awake, the cycle starts over again – tossing, turning, fidgeting, and contemplating the demise of the barking dogs down the road.

I’ve tried counting sheep, but have realized that I have attention deficit disorder - I can’t for the life of me make it past 4 and then I have to start over. I’ve tried to pretend I’m lying of a beach in the sun, listening to the waves roll in. I’ve tried to recite Shakespeare - Hamlet’s speech “To be or not to be”. Don’t judge – I had to learn it for theatre arts class and it has stuck with me ever since. Regardless of what I’ve tried, I’ve failed. Eventually sleep does come – typically 10 minutes before the alarm goes off.

I’ve no doubt been subconsciously been thinking about “things”, but it’s unusual for me. I’m not a worrier. I’m usually able to leave those “things” behind when I head to bed. I can’t put my finger on the root of the problem and it’s frustrating me…

I don’t even like sheep….I think I’m allergic – in addition to having A-D-D.

Comments

Sorry to hear that. I usually read something I've been meaning to read but don't because I don't really want to. Puts me right to sleep :)

Hope you can sleep tonight! FYI my word verification is resting! Too funny!
R. Jacob said…
ya think it's about the big move you will be making?
Brian Miller said…
ugh sorry...when i get overly exhausted it happens to me as well at times...
CrazyCris said…
Owwww, not fun! I've been there, stupid brain doesn't want to turn itself off! Good luck and SWEET DREAMS!

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