July 26, 2006

Things that keep me up at night

And there are many.

1. A too-full stomach. If I have a very heavy dinner, I won’t be asleep till I think the food is more or less digested. And it could be 4.00am in the morning by the time my sluggish stomach finishes digesting.
2. If I drink, I’m almost guaranteed a sleepless night. I’d crash and sleep really quicky and deeply for two or three hours, then wake up. Sometimes I think this is not such a bad thing.
3. Ren’s mortality. Nothing I can do about this, unless I decide to have kids. Not that kids are inherently better than pets. But they do come with a barring-unforseeen-circumstances warranty that they’ll outlive you. And that to me, is the main, and perhaps only, reason for children.
4. Vivid dreams. Too weird, I have to get up to figure out what they mean. Or too unpleasant, I wake up knowing it’s a dream I can wake up from.
5. Lack of dreams. Sleep gets too boring. It’s like being on a long flight with nothing to watch. I wake up out of boredom.
6. Racing thoughts speeding through my head. Problems without solutions. Imaginary arguments. Replayed conversations. Different permutations of things I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve said, but didn’t. Well I suppose I could work on blurting out whatever that comes to mind so that nothing stays inside to bounce around all night. But something tells me that I’d just end up staying up all night regretting the things I said. So I suppose this is the lesser of two evils.
7. Hunger. The most easy to solve problem: I wake up and raid the kitchen. Munch on some yummy snacks — my fridge’s full of chocs — and go to sleep happy.

So what keeps you up at night? The obvious need not be stated, obviously.

Posted by Karen at July 26, 2006 05:23 AM in miscellaneous

What kept me sleepless when I was a kid -

Fear of sleeplessness - This became a vicious cycle. I used to hate night time because of the biting sense of loneliness being the only one staring at the ceiling and thinking sheep.

Exams - but this risks stating the obvious.

As for now, the only thing which (can) keep(s) me up is one too many engaging mahjong games - the untamed mind!

Posted by: jo at July 28, 2006 07:43 PM

When a sudden whiz of the most peculiar imagery crosses my mind and i know I just have to crawl out of my bed and doodle it all down ;-)

Posted by: dawn at July 28, 2006 11:36 PM

I’m very happy to know I’m not the only one with thoughts ricocheting around my head. :-D Oh yes. Big smile!

Posted by: Karen at July 31, 2006 02:28 PM

Ur… if a full stomach keeps you awake, and hunger keeps you awake too, then… lidat how ah?

But I like this what keeps you awake thing… I shall stay awake tonight and ponder about it.

Posted by: Toad at August 4, 2006 01:46 PM
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