We had a full moon here a few nights ago. It was shining in the bedroom window at night, waking me from a sound sleep, even with the curtains drawn. Of course, once I'm awake, it's very hard to fall back asleep. My mind just seems to switch on, and we're off to the races! I think about what I need to get done the following day, or whether my daughter will make the basketball team (she did), or if I will get pancreatic cancer like my mother. Yes, that's the kind of thing I worry about in the middle of the night. Sounds silly in the light of day, but at 3 AM? Usually I will get up, go downstairs, and lose myself in a good book for about an hour.
Then, when I start yawning in earnest, I'll go back to bed. But first I have to brave the downstairs bathroom without thinking of that scene from The Sixth Sense. You know the one -- where the little kid gets up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. He leaves the door open, and while he's peeing, a ghost glides silently past in the hall outside. I never can decide if it's better to leave the door open, or close it and risk opening it to something scary! LOL
Anyway, once I go back to bed, I usually fall asleep pretty easily. Of course, my husband could sleep through just about anything. And he's always warm, too. How unfair is that? I've been having a hard time adjusting to the colder weather this year, and sometimes I've been going to bed with long underwear, fleece jammies and thermal hiking socks. Yes, I know, dead sexy. Of course, a lot of this gets shed in the course of the night. Menopause approaching? Wonderful!
Well, that's my insomnia routine. What do you do when you can't sleep?