Love the Chapters, Hate the Weight
I have trouble falling asleep. It’s not uncommon for me to stay awake long enough to count down my alarm clock’s set time like I’m ringing in the new year.
When I was younger, I’m sure my mom thought I had massive digestive issues, but really all those long late night bathroom sessions were me sitting on the floor reading until I got tired enough to drop off to sleep. Otherwise I would lay in the dark of my room with a thousand thoughts screaming across my mind like it was the NYC Stock Exchange floor. Growing up hasn’t changed it either. If anything it’s compounded the issue because now I have a job, bills, a dog and a husband to think about.
Many’s the time when my husband will wake up to find me reading a book very, very late at night. I probably look normal, but I feel like my eyes are bulging from my skull, dry and irritated with Einstein-like white hair sticking up all over my head. I usually imagine a tick involved somehow, although it manifests itself differently each time. But always I am clutching a book like I think he’s going to snatch it away from me. He hasn’t yet. He’s probably afraid I’ll bite.
I’m rapidly developing Reader’s Wrist. My term for the mind boggling-ly painful condition that comes from lying on my side while holding my book upright with only the strength in my wrist. This demands that I bend my wrist at a nearly 90 degree angle away from the bed so as not to ruin the pages, but also make it amenable to page turning. It should be an Olympic sport. Or at least require its’ own branch of medicinal study.
Reading myself to sleep has become my version of drinking until I pass out. I can feel the relaxation creep up my spine as the dialogue in the book replaces the one in my head. My head gets droopy, my movements are sloppy and my speech is slurred. My eyes burn and it becomes a physical chore to keep them raised until finally, finally I can slip off into empty, think-free, reading induced sleep.
Tiffany is a full time reader in Burbank California. She can most frequently be found reading on her porch or snuggling with her dog, Socrates. Visit her blog at anonymousanecdote.blogspot.com.
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