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Adventures of Sleep… or lack thereof June 13, 2012

Posted by Marc Troeger in adventure.
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Life is something you do when you can’t sleep.  – Fran Lebowitz

I’ve heard people say that when you get older, you don’t sleep as much.  That certainly isn’t going to be a change for me.  I don’t sleep very well.  I never have and probably never will.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t hate sleep.  It just doesn’t come to me very easy.

Maybe I just don’t sleep right.  That reminds me of what the comedian, Steven Wright once said, “When I woke this morning, my wife asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said, “No, I made a few mistakes.”

Believe me, there are many times when I’ve wanted to sleep.  And sometimes it comes and sometimes it doesn’t.  Over the years I’ve tried over-the-counter sleep aids, herbal teas and meditation.  I’ve tried self-help books and special lighting as well as white noise or new age music.  I have even tried Ambien, which resulted in a failed, and somewhat comedic experiment with prescribed sleep aids. (hint: future blog post).

I don’t advocate anyone not sleeping.  I know people who, if they don’t have their 8-10 hours of sleep a day, they can’t function.  I also know people, like me, who can operate quite normally on 3-4 hours of sleep a night, for extended periods of time.  Studies have shown that sleep is healthy and necessary.  We all have our different tolerance levels for how much sleep we need.

My problem could be that, unconsciously, I carry this theory that sleep interrupts all that you want to get done in a day.  There’s just too much to do!  And maybe that’s it.  When I lie down at night, recapping the day, planning tomorrow and thinking about the next adventure, my mind gets carried away.  The thoughts of what’s next and what’s just over the horizon and what could “be”… that sometimes just erases sleep.

I’m a strong believer in what Dale Carnegie once said “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there…”.

So, here am, doing something.  Sleep will come soon enough.