When I was young and our relatives would stay overnight at our home, the first thing they would say when I appeared in the kitchen was, “Good morning. How did you sleep?”
What kind of question was that? Fine of course.
Except now, not.
I was a champion sleeper. In college I prided myself on being able to sleep in a triple dorm room with room mates reading, lights blazing, music playing, phone ringing, homework rustling. As a young mother I would fall into bed and wake up solidly eight hours later.
Imagine my surprise when one day, sleep became…elusive. Either I would be tired and unable to sleep or I would fall asleep and wake up totally refreshed at three a.m. Yep, that’s insomnia.
Very quickly, I decided to make insomnia my friend. I was not going to let sleep become an issue for the rest of my life. I vowed not to fret or complain.
I decided I wouldn’t call it insomnia, rather: “serendipitous sleeping.” Serendipity means fortunate happenstance, a pleasant surprise.
When I awake in the middle of the night, I say, oh goody, now I have a few hours to read, or write in my journal, send emails or play Candy Crush Soda. I meditate. I make lists — of things to do, to throw out, to clean up, grocery lists, fantasy lists, gift lifts. I cruise the internet, do research online, of places I’d like to visit or things I’d always wondered about. I visit Coursera and take an online class. I make myself a cup milky hot decaf tea with honey simply because it is comforting. I have been known to breakfast in bed at 4 in the morning. Hey, it’s a party.
It helps if you are your own boss and you don’t have to be in the office by eight. Which I am. I either sleep later in the morning, or take a delicious power nap in the afternoon.
People associate naps with laziness. They love to say, “I never take naps.” Now it is decided that naps boost productivity, that sleep helps you lose weight, is the best beauty treatment you could ever have. I cherish sleep. But I won’t fight for it. I let sleep take me when it can.
What about you, my lovelies? Tell me about your sleep, the good, the bad and the serendipitous.
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