I lay there willing myself not to look, but my eyes peek open and I can tell by the darkness that it is not time to get up. I try to play games with myself; guess the time, flip this way and that, contemplate reading and finally, I beg…’please let me go back to sleep’. Exasperated, I cannot stop myself; with one eye I glance at the clock…4:30 a.m. 4:30 a.m. 4:30 a.m. !!
This is the 10th or millionth day in a row that I have woken up at 4:30 a.m. I’ve tried going to bed later, earlier, drinking Sleepytime tea, hot showers and reading. I’ve even tried laying with my butt against the wall and my legs up. I read about it in Prevention Magazine, so I KNEW it was good advice. Supposedly lying with your legs up in the air helps the blood flow to your heart and makes you more relaxed so you will sleep soundly through the night.
Trying to get myself close enough to the wall and then throwing my legs up was a little stressful in itself! Then, I laid there, arms stretched out, meditating on sleep. 9:00 p.m. Boo walked into the bedroom and the questions began:
“What are you doing now?”
I gave a short answer: “ I’m meditating.”
“I’m meditating so I can sleep through the night.”
“With your legs up?”
“Wow! I’m impressed…I didn’t know you were so flexible!” (wink-wink, hubba- hubba!) “Are you saying OMMMMM?” (chuckle chuckle)
“I just need a little quiet,” I sigh and shut my eyes tighter.
“OK, I’ll be out in a jiffy.” Then I hear the water running, toothbrush hitting the side of the sink and a big ol’ spit. One cabinet door shut, a pillow fluffed and the door closed.
Inside I was saying “grrr grrrr”, which I’m pretty sure is not the same as “OMMMMMMM”.
After the epic fail of legs in the air, I tried googling what it means if you consistently wake up at 4:30 a.m. Why do I do things like that? Is Google my answer to everything? I’ve read all of the literature:
5 Things You Must Do For A Goodnight’s Sleep;
3 Ways to Transform Your Bedroom Into A Sleep Sanctuary;
How to Bore Yourself Sleepy;
Drink Cherry Juice and Sleep Like a Baby and
Getting Your ZZZZ’s With Chamomile Tea.
There’s also the advice: wear socks; hide your clock; progressive relaxation and make your room colder. But, there was one article that said if you are consistently waking up between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. every day, perhaps ‘The Universe’ is trying to give you a message. Hmmmmmmmmm.
Maybe instead of dreading the 4:30 a.m. wake up call, I should welcome it. Instead of trying to keep my eyes shut, I should open them to possibilities.
I do know that worry and constant rumination over situations is not the answer. Worry never has solved a problem for me. So, ‘Universe’? If you are trying to tell me something, may I respectfully request a later wake up? Say, 6:00 a.m.? I know I would be more receptive to whatever the message might be. I promise to listen carefully and follow your guidance. I promise not to pull anymore stunts like legs up the wall or singing show tunes in the middle of the night. I Promise!
So, let’s try it again, shall we? Night night….sweet dreams….see you in the morning! Tomorrow is another day.
“Sleepy soul solidly seeking sound slumber”