Writing Prompt: To Sleep, perchance to dream

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ll sleep on it”?

I’ve never been a good sleeper. I toss and turn and sometimes resort to a glass of red wine to help knock me out.  When night falls and the rest of the world is quiet, I think. It’s as though someone has opened the drawer to the filing cabinet that is my head and pulled out all the files, tossing them in the air for me to sort.

When I’m feeling particularly sleep deprived, I become shaky and irritable, as though I was going through some chemical withdrawal, like a speed addict crashing. However, there are some times when my body says, “shut up, lie down and rest”. When that happens, after hour upon hour of wakefulness, when I can finally drift off, I dream.

When I wake (usually after 10 or more hours when I’ve reached that point) I feel calm and have the clarity I need to start again. It’s as though I have a clean slate from which to work. When I dream, I dream in colour, I dream solutions, I dream of people I know and places where I want to be.

Sleep is a great tonic. So…make a sleep date for yourself. Get comfortable, tuck yourself in, have some hot chocolate, close the drapes and sleep to your heart’s content. When you wake up, write down the first things that come to mind. They might be dreams, first thoughts, a measure of your mood, anything! It’s when your mind is most open to ideas, so enjoy.

Writing Prompt: To sleep, perchance to dream

I’ll leave you with one last thought:

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:

-O’Shaughnessy

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  1. Thanks for that–I don’t sleep well most nights either (very light sleeper; the smallest things wake me up and then it takes me a good 30 minutes to fall asleep again).

    Since tomorrow is a weekend, I’m taking advantage of the sleeping in thing–I know I need it. And perhaps it’ll open my mind up for tomorrow 🙂

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