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The Sleep of the Busted

I was trying to sleep last night, and here is the scenario that my brain presented me with: you are a late-model Russian tank. You have somehow attained self-awareness, but you have yet to be apprised of the fall of the Soviet Union. How are you going to make your way in the world, the economy being what it is? This sort of half-conscious third-grade speculation is part of why I haven't slept for eight hours at a time since 1992.

Also, I have been reading all these books on how to get a good night's sleep absent the possibility of actually getting medical care, and while they contain various bits of advice, the one common thread is: don't do anything in your bedroom other than sleeping and sex. No work, no TV, no music, no reading, no nothing: the bed, they all say, is just for sleeping and sex. So THANKS A LOT FOR REMINDING ME OF THE TWO THINGS I CAN'T DO IN BED, books.

This has been an unusually fecund period for me, creatively, but the problem is that between work, freelancing, and various other whatnots that occupy my moments, I haven't had as much time as I'd like to work on my personal writing. In an attempt to address this imbalance, I've lately taken to writing at three o'clock in the morning when I can't sleep and there's nothing else to do, but unsurprisingly, the character of the work has been adversely effected. Most of the narrative has taken to revolving around shattered, embittered alcoholic losers with insomnia who are teetering on the verge of a painful death. Well, write about what you know, they say!

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vivian_shaw
Jun. 24th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
you are a late-model Russian tank. You have somehow attained self-awareness, but you have yet to be apprised of the fall of the Soviet Union. How are you going to make your way in the world, the economy being what it is?

Oh Jesus Christ in a pneumatic subway car, write this? Write this? Please?
ludickid
Jun. 24th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what my brain kept telling me at 4AM.
rjwhite
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
RUSSIAN HAUNTED TANK
picodulce
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
sleepin' talk
i know this isn't advice for you, for you live in Texas, but I have been sleeping a lot better since I've been biking to work. Then I only have superhero dreams where everything falls to shit, but in subtle and disappointing ways. No more nuclear holocausts for me (at least it's been years since I had that dream).

Also: you know what, ain't nothing wrong with waking at 3 AM. Just take more naps. I still wake up twice a night (but this is moot for you, 'cause I learned how to catch naps standing up on subways - I'm designed for sleeping).
roseyv
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
As for the no sleeping thing ...
I'm a little behind here, but I wanted to ask: have you tried taking valerian? I just started using it very recently, not so much because I can't sleep, as because it takes me a long time to get to sleep, which means I tend to sleep later in the morning than I'd like. I kind of feel like if I could go to bed at 11:30 and be asleep by midnight, as opposed to 2 am, I would be more likely to wake up at 8, rather than my usual 10. I haven't been taking it long enough to see a dramatic result yet, but I did find it made me feel kind of drowsy about forty minutes after I took it.

Anyway, you can get it at any health food store, it is apparently pretty effective, it's not addictive, and unless you're one of the rare few who get headaches from it, there don't seem to be any adverse effects.
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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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