Thursday, 26 February 2009

Sleep

Its 0425.
Every muscle in my body is aching.
I can barely find the energy to sit up in my chair.
My mind has slipped into an energy sparing melancholia.
I should be fast asleep.

But I'm not. I've spent the last five hours staring at my bedroom ceiling, unable to sleep despite the new depths of fatigue I am currently exploring. I've been back in lectures for a while. Thus the lack of posts, I havent had anything of worth to blog about. Given how exhausted I've been when on placement I decided to take some time off working as a bank carer as well. Finally get some time to just be a student. Unfortunately this is how my body always reacts when I go a prolonged period without work. The lecturers arent challenging(for anyone) at the moment, and despite the fact I am still being very active for some reason I just cant seem to function unless I am working myself to the point of sickness.

In the past I have tried everything through medications, herbal remedies and alcohol (not at the same time) to correct this purpose-deprived insomnia but nothing touches it. So I thought I would throw it out to all you guys, what wierd and wonderful tactics/potions/tricks do you guys use to treat insomnia. Anyone who comes up with something that actually works will earn my undying gratitude.

4 comments:

Sage said...

I use talking books, the downside is that you may never hear the end of a story or bits are missing but it is like someone reading to you, all you have to do is lie still, relax and listen to the words.

Usually works for me except when I am under extreme stress.

Chapati said...

I involve myself in a story in my head. I follow it through until I fall asleep. Stops my mind from wondering about the day, or pondering, or thinking about what I need to do tomorrow.

Oh, and no caffeine in the afternoon, no heavy meals just before bed, room a good temperature...

Asclepius said...

I take my hat off to both of you. I tried both suggestions and whilst they didnt have as immediate an effect as I was hoping(I was still awake for at least an hour) I actually got a sound, settled nights sleep once I got off.

Thank You

Chapati said...

Woo-hoo! :)
Yeah, unfortunately I have no idea how to fall asleep straight away either, it either happens or it doesn't.

I'll definitely let you know if I find the secret!