It’s Thursday, or as I like to call it: Day 4 of the hostage situation.
I had trouble sleeping last night. I forgot to take my half-a-sleep-aid pill (for maybe the fourth night in a row) and I wasn’t too concerned. But when lights out were at 10:45 p.m., and you’re wide awake at 11:25 p.m., there’s a problem.
I tossed and turned. I made the fatal mistake of playing some Words with Friends games and checking my Twitter feed. And then turned over to try and fall asleep again. Nope. Up with a leg cramp, and I moved out to the couch in the living room with a deep cough that woke up the cat and the sister.
It was about 3:00 a.m. and, since TV seems to lull me to sleep, I watched three Stephen Colbert episodes and was almost asleep when my alarm went off at 6:30 a.m. I knew that coffee would be the staple for the day.
I used to be a night person and could stay up really late. Then I became a morning person (I volunteered to work overtime at 7:00 a.m.!). And now, I don’t fit into any category. Over 60, medical issues, lots of things to worry about, and now I’ll take a few hours of sleep.
Yes, my CPAP machine stares at me every night and I will, I will, I will, I promise, get it set up and ready to use again by this weekend.
I have a friend who has been doing an admirable job forming a new habit. She has been to the gym for the past 48 days, and she posts a picture every day as she leaves the gym. “Day 24…I did it!” “Day 48…can you believe it?” Well, yes I can believe it. Kerie is dedicated to her family and career, and now to her health. I’m envious and so proud of her. You go girl!
So here’s my vow. On the day I start re-using my CPAP machine, I’ll post a picture or some random quote clicking off each day of better sleep. After all, better sleep will lead to a better mood every day….and I may even turn into a morning person again.