Enjoy Insomnia!

I’ve done well, in the last four or five nights. I changed my sleep regime to taking a sleeping pill at 10pm and being in bed by midnight. Then, I slept into the very small hours and would get up for an hour and head back to bed; usually by around 5am. Then, I would sleep until around 9am.

Allowing for a pattern of sleep that had a break in the midst of it worked. Yesterday, I actually felt very good and, consequently, got very many tasks completed throughout my day and evening.

Alas, at almost 5am this morning, I can confirm that I have yet to achieve any sleep at all. It’s just one of those days when Parkinson’s gets the upper hand.

Now, I could choose to be stressed by this. Frankly, this disrupts my day and my well-being significantly. I will feel like I’ve been dragged behind a horse and I will no doubt look that way. Any plans, albeit that I only pencil anything in these days, are now ‘out the window’; so to speak. Yet, I decided to do this insomnia in a way that would cheer me.

I felt a little hungry for breakfast, even at this small hours of 4am. So, I crept downstairs and had a look to see what I might find to eat. Lo and behold, there were some wonderful, chunky cod fish fingers. That was it! I would have a half sized fish finger sandwich. So what if it was just past 4am?!

Parkinson’s can be quite a miserable and uncomfortable experience, so I decided that I would make my difficult time more cheerful. Oh boy……it was deliciously so.

Soft white bread baked through with poppy seeds, a creamy mayonnaise and some jalopeno peppers. I added the decadent twist of cracked black peppercorns and, unusually for me, a sprinkling of sea salt crystals. Then, added to that were two big, chunky, breaded cod fish fingers and the result was pure delight.

After writing this post, I will stay up for the remaining fifty minutes of this hour and head to bed at 6am. I will spend my time working on a painting that I have just started. All the while, rather than stressing about insomnia, I am simply feeling satisfied by my most tasty snack.

If you can relate to any of this experience, please do share your story in the comments, below.

Update:

At just gone 7am, I’m finally going to bed to try to sleep. Still, I got this far with my painting:

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