Tuesday, December 12, 2006

counting sheep

Do you have trouble sleeping?

Sleep is one of my favorite things to do, I can sleep anywhere, anytime. On the couch, in the car, in the doctor's waiting room, at the movies. My better half cannot say the same. He wakes up in the night worrying about the job, he calls it Superintendent's disease, thinking about schedules, subcontractors, weather, etc. If it's not the job, then there are always other things he can worry about (and he does) like kids, money, home upkeep… the list goes on and on. My philosophy is - what good does it do to worry about it - does it change anything? - it is just a waste of time.

How to sleep? I remember Colonel Potter on MASH talking about he and his wife sleeping "like two spoons in a drawer". We sometimes do this, or sometimes we sleep back to back like empty bookends, or to our respective corners like boxers at the sound of the bell, it depends on how cold it is!

I remember the classic movie "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney (she used to be a big star in her day - but in her later years she was known as George's aunt). There is a scene when neither of them can sleep, and of course they break into song about it:

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep…
… counting your blessings

Try not to worry too much, don't let the stress of the holidays wear you down, just relax and enjoy this time of year… yawn… is it nap time yet?

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
~ Ogden Nash


Anonymous said...

I agree with your philosophy. I always say, "If worrying would help, we would all spend time worrying." As you said, worry does not change the outcome; it is a waste of time! I, too, can sleep anywhere. I can even take a catnap while waiting for the kids to get out of school, etc. A 15 minute nap can get me completely refreshed!

Anonymous said...

You and I are teh exact same in these two respects! (Sleep & worry)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I consider worrying a waste of time too and have no trouble sleeping either.

colleen said...

Sometimes I repeat my mantra. Sometimes I take tryptophan. It works.

jellyhead said...

How funny - I have had a busy, stressful sort of week, and this post was just what I needed to read. Thank you!

PS I can usually sleep OK, but I manage to fit in a fair bit of worrying whilst awake!

doubleknot said...

Worry - that is what my room mate does. Me I can fall a sleep at the drop of a dime as long as I am not in bed. Watching a TV show I really wanted to see - off for a snooze, waiting at the doctor's - just right for a nap - hit the bed and it takes me a while to turn off the wheels turning in my head. I am not worrying I just can't go to sleep if I am suppose to.

bluemountainmama said...

i always slept well until i had a child....now i have "mommy ears" and hear every little bump in the night!