09 September 2007
Sleep - or lack of it
View from my deck early this morning
Lately I have had many nights when I wake up about 2am and can't go back to sleep. I toss and turn for a while and then usually get up about 3.30 or 4am. This happens about twice a week, or sometimes more.
During that time I often think of my Mother (who is no longer with us). She was almost 41 when I was born and when I was a teenager I can remember quite often waking up in the middle of the night and she would be washing the floor or sitting in the lounge reading. I couldn't understand why she wasn't sleeping. I loved to sleep long hours and sleep in most of the morning at weekends.
I realise now that she was in her 50's at that stage and was going through the same things that I am now. She didn't complain and she didn't talk about it.
I am lucky now that I have the choice of reading, watching TV, watching a DVD or playing on my puter when I can't sleep. She had no technology to help her pass the time. She did love looking at the sunrise and also watching the mountains appear (The Great Western Tiers)and she gave me an appreciation of those things too.