The Norman Transcript


February 1, 2013

Sweet Dreams

NORMAN — Do you have trouble falling asleep? If you do, there may be several reasons for this. Have a seat. Or, if you prefer, lie down on the couch and let’s examine the problem.

How often has this happened to you? The book dangles between your fingers. You are almost asleep and ought to go to bed. You close your eyes for a moment. Bingo. You are taking a nap in the recliner.

Something or someone wakes you. And once the nightly ablutions are completed and you climb into bed, the body is re-energized. You stare into the darkness wide awake, with sleep unlikely any time soon. That’s what you get for not going to bed.

Your body may be exhausted, but your mind is doing cartwheels. Churning away with new ideas, solving problems, making lists of things to do. In other words, that little lump of gray matter which looks like a large wad of well-chewed gum or like a lump of grimy play dough is not going to let you rest.

If an inspiration hits and keeps pounding away, crawl out of bed and write down that brilliant thought or idea because no matter what you think, you will not remember it in the morning. Sometimes the idea fades faster than you can write it down. Grrrrr.

Or, if you cannot sleep, get out of bed, grab a book and read until you are sleepy. Inevitably, some genie-asses will become engrossed in the story and stay up all night to finish the book.

The next day at work, those same sleep-deprived people are walking around like zombies, yawning until their jaws become unhinged. Be a considerate co-worker and grab a roll of duct tape (in an eye-catching pattern and color) and tape their hands over their mouths and let them sleep. If nothing else, they will make interesting conversation pieces leaning against a hallway wall.

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