My neighbour recently came over. I had been running on practically no sleep when she and her husband stopped by for a drink.
The conversation turned to my "condition". She has five children and if anyone should be sleeping it should be her!
She was perplexed when she heard that I only get by on a few hours of sporadic sleep a night. "I have too much on my mind," was my lame explanation.
Not that this isn't the case, but I'm certainly tired enough when I crawl into bed...I just can't stay asleep.
Journaling, meditation, working out and taking extra melatonin every night weren't doing the trick.
I'm also a fanatic about switching my pillows and even buying new ones on a bimonthly basis in the hopes that it will be the culprit.
She said that I should do something everyday that brings me pleasure and relaxation.
It didn't take long for me to tell her what that is - singing.
I sing everyday. Around the house, in my car (to a deafening decibel) and even sometimes on a walk when I'm listening to music.
Ever since I was a little girl, I sang in talent competitions, school musicals, university cabaret shows and even at my own wedding reception. It brings me the most joy.
It may not bring me the dead-to-the-world kind of sleep that I'm looking for, but it brings me the most happiness.
So I'll continue to quest for the perfect night's sleep. In the meantime, if you'd like to hear me you can find my songs on SoundCloud.
What brings you pleasure?