Why did I have to wake up at 3:50 AM today? Wide awake. I lay in bed trying to go back to sleep for over an hour, to no avail. It will be a long day, I fear.
I wonder what it would be like to sleep through the night, unaided by a prescription sleep aid. I don’t take them often any more, but I do miss the 6 hours of unbroken sleep they gave me. I generally wake up every couple of hours, and if I’m lucky, I get back to sleep pretty quickly. If I’m not lucky…well, it’s like this morning. Lay there, and hope.
I’ve tried melatonin. I took the smallest dose I could find, and cut it in half. I sleep, but I also dream so vividly that I awake exhausted. So, scratch that. I’ve tried over the counter sleep aids, which work sometimes and sometimes don’t. What works the best is to play some quiet meditation type music and to read for awhile. I can usually get to sleep, and often when I wake up, I put the music on again and go back to sleep. For some reason at 4 AM this morning, I didn’t want to put the music back on.
I guess I’ll use the extra time to set up for my book club meeting tonight. And make some lists of what I need to pick up today on my lunch hour.
And drink another cup of coffee. Thank God for coffee.