Sleep is a beautiful thing … when you do get it. I did sleep last night, but it wasn’t very good quality sleep. Very vivid dreams. They weren’t exactly nightmares, but … unsettling. Got up once, around 3 o’clock, went to the washroom, hoping I would fall back asleep quickly. I must have done so, but I had time to think about how grateful I was I didn’t have to go to work in the morning.

IMG_2214-minHow I remember sleepless nights, staring at the clock radio, knowing how tired I’d be at work the following day. It also became a vicious circle, the later it got, the more desperate I became. The numbers on the clock radio became area codes in Sweden, which I know/knew most of them.

If I got as far as Karlshamn, it was really bad because it would have meant five minutes to five in the morning (0454 phone area code). This meaningless knowledge stems from working as a switchboard operator, for a few years, in my youth.

This may sound as if I were an insomniac — I’m not … at all! It just happens every now and then.

22 Replies to “Sleep”

  1. Oh so sorry, I go through that at times. I was the exact same way when I worked. Only I didn’t want to look at the clock but couldn’t seem to help myself. Thinking four more hours until I have to get up, plenty of time, only 3 and a half hours left, only 3 hours left, lol until I just finally got up and had coffee and cleaned the apartment or something.

    1. Yeah, those were terrible times, when it happened. Nowadays … if I realise sleep won’t come, I just get up, as I can sleep as long as I want the next morning 🙂

  2. sleep remains a mystery to me. Some nights – most nights, thank goodness – it descends on me and we almost immediately wake to find out it is morning. Other nights, sleep is an elusive stranger that will not sit still no matter what I offer up as a bribe!

    1. Yes, it’s a mystery! It’s so rare I have nights like yesterday … perhaps a few times a year. Tonight I don’t think I’ll need to bribe it 🙂

  3. It is interesting with sleep and dreams as you literally move into another world.
    Dreams can be very powerful sometimes. I’ve had a few almost prophetic ones.
    Luckily I sleep well most nights. Time to go to bed soon here on the West Coast. 🙂

    1. Morning from the East Cost … from the Atlantic time zone 🙂 Slept like a log.

      Yes … imagine if we were in contact with our subconscious! Can’t recall having any prophetic one, but that’s the thing; I rarely remember them. They say one can train oneself to remember dreams …

    1. Yes, I started to work when I was 17. Quit when I moved. It took some time to sink in, that I was no longer part of the work force …

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