1/23/2007

Two Sheep, Perchance to Zzzz

Funny that Chelene should mention something about sleeping on a train today when I was about to pondering a dilemma like that of my own. I wasn't able to comment on her post (has she blocked me already?) so here's my thing:

Why is it that I can sleep sitting upright on an uncomfortable molded train seat all the way to work in the morning but at night, I lie awake tossing and turning in what is a pretty damned comfortable bed? I've been drinking soothing hot chocolate and coffee at night and nothing seems to work.

I hope I have as much style as this chick does.


26 comments:

sKincarver said...

Dale, my friend...do what I do and drink until you pass out every night. I can sleep anywhere. Even in a puddle of my own fluids.

Zed said...

You're a lucky, lucky man. Not only am I an expert at making paper snowflakes, but I know how to go to sleep when I'm not on a train.

Okay, drink warm milk--plain or with cognac in it (latte cognac, yum). Turn your clock around and DO NOT LOOK AT IT. Don't worry that you're not falling asleep, because you're taking a bunch of short naps rather than getting one long REM-type sleep--so you ARE sleeping. Did I say that already? Don't get up. Stay in bed. Take Rescue Remedy if worse comes to worse. It will make you not give a $#@! that you haven't fallen asleep. And that's always a good thing.

And finally, take an aspirin and call me in the morning.

Coaster Punchman said...

Uh, drinking coffee before bed, even with hot chocolate (also containing caffeine) may not be what you want! Apparently even decaf has some caffeine, and I don't know how well the caf/decaf thing is regulated anyway - I mean, who's checking? Also, as a CP with former sleep problems, I also had a "comfortable bed" but just bought a new one anyway and now I sleep much better.

The other part of my theory is that you are sleeping on the way to work as part of your denial about the torture you are about to go through. And not the good kind.

Lauren said...

I toss and turn in my own bed, but managed to fall asleep with my head down on my desk at work yesterday.

Usually I get out of bed if I can't sleep, and can sometimes manage to fall asleep on the couch with a book on my lap. I wake up with a huge kink in my neck though, so I am not sure it is worth it.

A nice boring book usually helps.

holly said...

My guess: The motion of the train is what helps put you to sleep--that, and how boring and scary all the other people on the train are. If you could just get a berth on a train that travels four or five hours away from Toronto every night at the speed of a car driving across a lonely highway in Australia, at which point the train turns around and drives back towards Toronto for three or four hours at the speed of a pickup truck full of people who've been drinking and having fun all night, you'd sleep well, get your train travel in while you're unconscious, AND have a really great math problem to work out.

Holly

Dale said...

This is the most sensible thing I've heard in many comments Skincarver. Please do not post photos.

Zed, I'm going to try drinking, your system sounds complicated. I'll call you.

CP - I only did that once long ago. Please see my post label for clarification. Your theory is on the money though about the denial.

That kind of kind is no good Lauren. I do admire people who sleep at work though and wish I could. Instead, I just sleepwalk.

Tanya Espanya said...

Let me scream at you, and then you'll be all whimpery and sad, and you can cry yourself to sleep.

Old Lady said...

Ain't it always the way things go! But I think I am with Skincarver.

lulu said...

That lauren comment was actually mr by the way. The damn blogger Gods will not allow me to switch my blog to the blog formerly known as beta, but if my gmail account is open it they insist on making me post my comments under my real name. fuckers.

Coaster Punchman said...

Oh, he he, I used to live in Minnesota where people don't understand sarcasm - I guess some of it rubbed off. Tragic. Or perhaps I do really think you're that stupid? Let's discuss.

Jill said...

You might be too comfortable in your bed!! Put nails and a couple of piece of wood in it!!

Dale said...

Oh Holly, take me on a trip. You made it sound so poetic. But damned if I'm doing math.

You only scream at babies Tanya. You're a bad person. You know that though right?

That's good Old Lady, because if you're with Skincarver, you're not with the terrorists. Bottoms up.

They're fuckers for fucking with you like that Lulu and for making you type mr when you meant to type me. Fuckers. I promise not to take your name in vain. If I can help it.

CP, in reference to the Catherine Tate character (Lauren) that Melinda June and I are secretly keeping from you -- are you calling me stupid? are you calling my mum a prostitute? are you saying my dad's an alcoholic? I think maybe you do think that I think you think I'm stupid.

You beat me to it Jill. I was going to say I want you...on a bed...of nails.

Beth said...

I fell asleep like that around 8:30 last night ... for all the best reasons.

Shroom-Monkey said...

I can sleep anywhere, anytime... dude, sleep is sweet....

Berry said...

Well, you're not gonna like this, Dale. It's the people. You fall asleep easily on the train because of the people.

Deny all you want, Mr. People Suck, but you're most comfortable surrounded by people...... Strangers, preferably........ Big, stupid, annoying strangers. HAAAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA!!!

Dale said...

I love the sound of that Beth!

There are a lot of things you seem to be able to do anywhere, time S-M.

Strangers on a train, is that what you're saying Berry. Yep, I think you've got it.

Berry said...

Well yeah, but you make it sound so hot.

Dale said...

I'm big stupid and hot Berry, I've been training for this.

Writeprocrastinator said...

"Why is it that I can sleep sitting upright on an uncomfortable molded train seat all the way to work in the morning but at night, I lie awake tossing and turning in what is a pretty damned comfortable bed?"

Fatigue, as opposed to comfort. That's your body saying, "that's it, I'm done" and you crash on the train. Then, when you're at home, your body and mind are comfortable, thus, ready to go.

Dale said...

Sounds reasonably sane WP. Are you feeling okay? Or are you sleep deprived?

wonderturtle said...

If you could get your bed to rock back and forth and rumble in some way, and make a repetitive noise, I bet it might have the same effect.

Or maybe you just like sleeping with a bunch of strangers. Perv.

Dale said...

I like both ideas WT. You say perv like it's a bad thing. Tsk tsk.

Jill said...

We don't see the woman doing some ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!! Anymore!!

Dale said...

Zzzzzzz.

Writeprocrastinator said...

"Sounds reasonably sane WP. Are you feeling okay? Or are you sleep deprived?"

I'm sleep deprived six days a week.

Dale said...

When do you find time to do all your procrastinating then?