“Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year olds.” – JoJo Jensen
At least I do.
Does this happen to you? You wake up thinking that it’s time to get up for the day, when you look at your clock and realize it has only been a couple of hours since you went to bed. You chuckle to yourself and say, hey, I still have 6 hours to go! And then it happens again a couple of hours later, and when you finally wake up for the day you feel so refreshed, and ready to go.
Nothing can stop you that day. You’re so full of energy, you’re happy, and you feel like you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.
And then that night, you go to bed at the same time as always, and you’re ready to sleep. You got a great night sleep the night before, which means surely it will happen again. You were full of energy today because of the great sleep, which means you were really busy. And because of this, you’re really tired, after all, it was a big day. So you lay down, close your eyes, and you wait. Ten minutes go by, and you’re still laying there, but this time staring at the ceiling, getting annoyed. Another ten minutes go by. This time you switch positions to your side, and you can hear the dog bark from up the street. And then you hear the car drive by the house. And there goes the siren. You turn over again, but this time to your tummy. Then you’re feeling hot, so you take the blanket off. Your pillow is hot, so you flip it over, which now gets you a bit cold so you put the blanket back on. And then your back starts to hurt from being on your stomach so you turn onto your other side. But this side isn’t as comfortable as the other, so you turn onto your back and then realize that you’ve come around full circle.
And now you turn to look at the clock, and realise that it’s been 3 1/2 hours since you’ve gone to bed. It’s the wee hours in the morning and you think “sh*t! I’m never going to get to sleep!”
Why does that happen? Your body first gives you this gorgeous sleep, where you feel so relaxed and recharged, followed by a night of tossing and turning. I can tell you that right now I feel like I’ve been hit by ten dump trucks. The night before last, man, I slept so good, really good. I don’t remember the last time I slept that way, and last night was one of the worse nights of my life. I tried all kinds of things to get me to sleep. I used ear plugs, eye covers, I listened to my breath, I used Aveda Blue Oil (which is absolutely amazing), I tried a glass of milk, reading, going into a different room for a bit and even meditating. Nothing worked.
Except for one thing. A really odd thing.
I found a somewhat comfortable position by accident. It’s a really weird position, but I stayed in it because I felt my body somewhat start to relax. I was half on my back and half on my right side. I had to turn my head so it was on an angel and I had to place one hand on my belly, and the other above my head. I finally drifted off to sleep. I think at this point it must have been around 4 or 5 in the morning, because the birds were already starting to chirp, because it was still dark out as the sun wasn’t out just yet. It had to have worked because I was still like this when I woke up at 6 this morning.
I wonder if there was some type of restriction on the oxygen levels to my brain which caused me to fall asleep. This has to be the only logical explanation for sleeping this way. It looks so uncomfortable, but it was the only way I could get to sleep. My body is protesting this morning, that is for sure. On top of being absolutely exhausted, and sore, I also woke up with a huge torticollis and can’t turn my head to the left. Boy am I feeling rough. And I’m really not in a good mood either. So don’t bug me. Consider yourself warned.
I didn’t count sheep, I realise. Maybe I should have gone to the farm and raided it. Surely a change of scenery could have helped. Those damn sheep, where were you?!!!!