Monday, April 06, 2009
( 12:13 AM ) teahouse
As many of my readers know, I've struggled with insomnia for many years.
One night last week, I couldn't sleep at all. I was up until 7 a.m.!
This weekend, an acquaintance who heard about my problem suggested I try melatonin.
Has anyone out there tried it? Apparently it's really great because it's all natural; it's the hormone that our bodies produce naturally that makes us sleepy.
This past weekend, I took my first melatonin tablet.
And it WORKED! I felt drowsy within 20 minutes.
Not drug-induced drowsy, like the sedatives my doctor prescribed make me feel.
But a good sleepy you feel after a long, hot bubble bath or a good glass of wine. When there's not a care in the world, or a single molecule of stress in your body, you get into bed and feel all wrapped up and comfy and warm, and slowly drift off to sleep.
So I went to bed happy and relaxed, and floated away on a cloud.
My last thought before unconsciousness was, "This is great. Over the counter is much better than prescription drugs from the doctor..."
I had the FREAKIEST NIGHTMARES of my life.
I had about 20 dreams in rapid succession. And man, they were WEIRD.
I was flying, and then I was riding an elephant, and my kindergarten teacher was on the elephant behind me, decked out like a Maharajah while the Husband yelled from the top of a nearby mountain, "These aren't the droids you're looking for!"
Then I was doing backflips across a desert while hyenas laughed, and their spots turned into stars that shot across the sky.
Then I was taking the SAT but I was running out of time, and trying to fill in the bubbles on the form with a feather quill pen, but then my heart was racing and I was transported into Pride and Prejudice where I became Elizabeth Bennet, but gosh, it was so hot and sweaty in Meryton!
So I threw off the covers and my heart was racing, and the Swiffer wouldn't get that darn spot out of the floor in the corner by the tv. And then the elephant came and sat on my car and crushed the roof over me, and I couldn't breathe.
And then a scary clown was chasing me through the halls of Hogwarts, shouting, "Deal or No Deal?" But I had to get to the East Side for the closing, which was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. But I ran and ran, and just got more and more tired but I couldn't seem to find Lexingon Avenue.
I woke up in a cold sweat, my heart racing. I felt like I'd just finished running a marathon and consumed too much coffee.
Yeah, forget over the counter! I'm going back to the prescription sedatives. #