Monday, January 26, 2009

INSoMNia



I have been up since 4 am on this, the third night of my insomnia.

Last time I had a run of insomnia this bad, I ended up with The Romantic 70's, a collection of 10 CDs of well loved songs from the Time Life Collection, including such unforgettable ditties as Leo Sayer's When I Need Love and David Soul's Don't Give Up on Us Baby." I think I was persuaded to make the purchase by a very gregarious Tony Orlando.

And really, I don't think you can ever have too much Peaches and Herb.

This time, I am oh so tempted by The Slanket.

If for no other reason than that I always bump a big toe or wake the small child who ended up in my bed when I rummage around looking for a sweater in the dark, so I figured if I just laid down in this to go to sleep in the first place I'd be all set when I arose in the wee hours of the morning plagued by obsessive and troubling thoughts.

A GOOGLE search of the causes and treatment of insomnia should have been enough to put me right back to sleep, but it didn't. I did, however, discover a little-known cause of sleeplessness...The Insomnia Fairy

Apparently this little sprite has been flittering around my room the past three nights. (Perhaps "flitting" isn't the right word. The poor thing is always so exhausted it trudges.)
According to the website:
Be warned, if this Fairy comes to live with you, your pillows will get lumpy, the bedroom will be too hot or too cold, and all manner of other things to stop you sleeping will begin to happen, and no amount of Dr. Caligari's Tonic for Ordered Slumber will have any effect.

But in the end.......

This too shall pass.

31 comments:

Melaina25 said...

There is nothing worse! In the past I have rented a car, written the lyrics to a song on my wall and had phone calls I don't remember when battling insomnia.

Eventually I'd sorta fall into this awake/asleep place.

Creepy.

PearlsOfSomething said...

Every time a package is delivered, my children ask if it's a Snuggie. I don't know why they think I would order one. You see, we already own these blanket-like things with sleeves. I call them ROBES.

Hope you get some decent sleep soon!

OHN said...

Dang, you should have called. We could have enjoyed our insomnia together.

Sadly mine is due to fluctuating hormones, too hot, too cold, cranky bad dreams...the beauty of menopause.

I told family that I was ordering a slew of those blankets with sleeves so we could wear them everywhere together. But really you need two because they are back flappers, like hospital gowns and your backside will be cold..you need two so you can wear one on the back and one on the front. :)

Rachael said...

You have more fun with insomnia than I ever do. I am periodically plagued with it too, but all I ever do is toss and turn and miserably look at the clock and bemoan the fact that it is too far gone in the night to take a sleeping pill.

And, I saw the Slanket too (can't remember where) but I was tempted! My kids would make fun of me though.

jenx67 said...

i have insomnia occassionally. I konw I"ve been blogging too much when I see my horse profile picture in my dreams. That insomnia fairy is so funny.

Jennifer said...

Insomnia sucks. Big time.

My daughter wanted one of those Snuggie blankets for Christmas, but alas, one was NOT under the tree for her.

That Time Life 70's love songs series...I just saw the infomercial for that recently and thought "I'd buy that." I'm glad I'm not alone.

Hi, I'm Amy! said...

You could get the blankie in maroon and chant like a monk until you fall back asleep.

sheila said...

I call insomnia suffering from Thought Attacks. When your mind will not stop, and you think of everything all at once. But you're right, eventually it will pass.

Give booze a try, or have Thystle tell you where she hid your wine!

Miss Thystle said...

A Slanket? I thought you NYC types are meant to be so stylish! I'm deeply saddened, now.

I suffer from insomnia ALL THE TIME. I tried Ambien, and it worked awesome, except, once my husband found me baking cookies at 3am. I think we all know that isn't like me a bit. I was sound asleep. Now I take Lunesta. It leaves a weird taste in my mouth, but I swish around a little wine and PRESTO! It's Thursday!

kwr221 said...

You could have called me... I was up from 1:30 to about 4, but I was not a happy camper and was very cranky. I had so many aches and chillS that I took an old leftover Vicodin. (I HEART drugs)It took the edge off and I was able to sleep.

Now, I'm just whiny.

If I see the Insomnia Fairy, I may have to kill that little b%tch.

SOMETHING HAPPENED SOMEWHERE TURNING said...

All too familiar with the sleep disorder. I have ambien, halcyon and some over the counter junk I hate to take. Fortunately I've curbed my appetite for buying Time-Life collections. We got our 70's collection a few years ago. I used to buy coin collector stuff until I discovered the street stores had a mark down of 500%. Now I just watch T.V.
Love the I.F. I would tie a noose around its neck and hang it up somewhere. Maybe in your room with a fan spinning.
Postscript: Hope you get some sleep tonight.

Bj in Dallas said...

hate to say it, but what is the opposite of insomnia? Thats what I have!! I hit the pillow, have weird dreams all night, let the sled team out some time early am, go right back to bed and sleep and get up and feel like I just laid down. And I'm talking nine hours. Thats not always a good thing, although its not as bad as being awake. My sisters say its coming my way, just wait.
Want me to call you tonight and sing??

Bj in Dallas said...

M2 said we have a slanket, its called a sweatshirt and a blanket.
She has not gotten sucked into the infomercial black hole as of yet....

blairspage said...

I couldn't imagine having insomnia... I'm such a good sleeper. Have you tried taking a dose of Nyquil? That always does the trick for my husband.

Hugs - Tiff

Spatula said...

Oh, lady, I so feel you on this one. I couldn't sleep last night either. If it wasn't for evil turbo-caffeine energy drinks, I would be a little sleepy puddle right now.

Fuck off, Insomnia Fairy. We hatesssss you.

Sabrae Carter said...

Man I have to say this (and it might sound weird) but I envy you. You only get boughts of insomnia every so often?? lol I have an ongoing never ending bought of insomnia! lol Been ongoing since the age of 15. I chalk it up to the no family thing! lol but i can actually go weeks and months without sleep! lol Maybe if I'm lucky I can get an hour or two in but then back awake for hours!

Megan said...

As much as I loathe the idea of the Snuggie/Slanket, I would rather dance in public in a Snuggie than listen to those 70's love songs.

Good luck whipping the snot out of the insomnia fairy.

kwr221 said...

So what's up with the Slanket being $44.95 and the Snuggie is 2 for $19.95 AND you get a booklight.

Shonda Little said...

I've always had a hard time sleeping, always. Over the counter motion sickness meds help me sometimes. Good luck.

Lo said...

I sleep the sleep of the innocent, any time, any place. The secret is to have an activity you pull out for the occasional insomnia that is so boring your body is unwilling to risk it. It nods off, instead. In my case, I alphabetize the names of everyone I know, using initials. AA, AB, AC... etc. You'll only have to do it once.
Nighty night!

Miss Thystle said...

WHERE THE HECKLES ARE YOU?

Debbie said...

I had a few nights of that a couple of years ago. Misery. I found some sleepytime tea and that did the trick for me. I cannot function without sleep and I hope you are doing better.
Get the Slanket. You will totally rock that thing.

Bj in Dallas said...

I just had a visual of you walking the streets of NY in your slanket with your arms out like Frankenstein and huge bags and circles under your eyes.

It wasn't very pretty.

Take a nap and come back.

kwr221 said...

Hey - did the Insomnia Fairy kidnap you?

Where the heck are ya?

Chandra said...

I too seem to be going through a bit of insomnia. Maybe it's the weather?

On one of my sleepless nights I managed to buy the Instyler rotating hot iron hair straightner...and you know what, it turned out to be one of the best purchases ever!

Debra W said...

Lorrie, I can't even begin to tell you about all of the activities that I keep close at hand to keep myself from getting frustrated by my inability to sleep well. I take Ambien and several other meds for my chronic illness, and I AM exhausted, but I just cannot sleep soundly. My husband sleeps like a log(a snoring log) which makes things even worse sometimes. I listen to talk radio for much of the night. When that doesn't put me to sleep, I turn on my little book light and read until the book falls over.

I hope that you are able to break this cycle very soon. I know how absolutely frustrating not being able to sleep is.

Hugs,
Debbie

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