October 02, 2007


Last week, I saw an interview with Martha Stewart and she mentioned that she is an insomniac.

My best friend is convinced that she wasn't being completely honest when she said this; he prefers to believe that she chooses to sleep only a couple of hours a night because she is an incredibly driven and productive individual. There is some reason to think that may be the case as she has said in past interviews that she doesn't like to sleep because there is so much to do. At the same time, she's also stated in other interviews that when she can't sleep at night she gets up and irons her linens.

When I can't sleep, as I can't tonight, I usually watch a lot of television. I rarely do anything productive. I should perhaps give some thought to changing that because usually when I can't sleep it's because my mind is racing.

The problem with a racing mind apart from the fact that it keeps me from sleeping is that it is really difficult to focus. My thoughts are scattered across the surface of my mind that so much spilled sugar on the kitchen floor. Hard to make a cake like that.

I think one of the reasons that I don't just get up and do something productive is because it's hard for me to just give in to the idea that I really just can't fall asleep. I'm usually good at falling asleep. I think that if I were to launch into some project, it would really just keep me from getting down to the business of falling asleep. I don't know that spending more time trying to sleep actually results in falling to sleep faster than doing something until one feels calm and tired.

Well, I just have this episode of Doctor Who to watch and then my DVR is pretty much empty. I may have to then actually resort to forcing myself to go to sleep by remaining still and quiet and meditating until I doze off. I don't like doing that, though.

OK. Doctor Who is halfway done. Gonna go watch it and then make myself sleep.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at October 2, 2007 01:46 AM | TrackBack

"I don't know that spending more time trying to sleep actually results in falling to sleep faster than doing something until one feels calm and tired."

You're right - lying there and trying to fall asleep doesn't work. (At least, that's what the experts say - I wrote a grant proposal on insomnia awhile back.) It's recommended that if you can't get to sleep after 15 minutes, you should get up and do something else until you feel tired. Repeat as necessary.

Posted by: Monica at October 2, 2007 06:21 PM

From what I've heard, watching television or surfing the net is counterproductive when you can't sleep. (Apparently, studies have shown that people who watch tv or surf the net just before bed sleep less and worse than people who do other things.)

I recommend reading Kant. He's a real snoozer.

Posted by: Diana Hsieh at October 2, 2007 06:43 PM

Yeah. I did read a while back that you shouldn't do anything in bed but sleep, but I read, watch teevee, surf the internets, etc.

I usually fall right to sleep in spite of the teevee being on (I have it set to go off a couple hours after I sleep) and I wake up when it comes back on in the morning. USUALLY.

Last night, my mind was racing, though, and I just couldn't fall asleep. Once I did get to sleep (around 2:30) I slept well, though.

Posted by: Flibbert at October 2, 2007 07:10 PM
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