Monday, February 20, 2006

Morning necessity?


I almost needed a jolt of this to get myself out of the house this morning. I ended up going with a somewhat more genteel mug of tea that I nursed on my walk to work. For some reason, it always tastes better when my wife makes it.

Such are the perils of writing late into the night. Must learn to sleep more. Any hints?

22 comments:

Shelli said...

No, but if you get any, please forward them to me! I must learn to sleep at night, too.

Rene said...

Sorry, I'm one of those early to bed, early to rise people. I do have to have my coffee in the morning. A couple of glasses of wine polishes me off sometimes at night. Sometimes is backfires and I get inspired to write, then I get to bed late. But that is very rare.

ribbiticus said...

yep, have to have a cuppa java or two to get me going in the mornings. then a cold shower to get me ready to go to work. :)

chelle said...

lol Can't help you on the sleep thing, since I can never seem to get enough either!
Agreed that things always taste better when prepared by someone else! Especially if that someone loves you!
chelle

amanda m. said...

No hints from me. I'm a night owl. Even when I stupidly decided to go to nursing school, I couldn't manage to be asleep in bed before 1am. On clinical days I had to be up at 5am. I learned the art of napping. If the situation permits, I can conk out almost instantly. I'd get home from nursing school at 330pm, sleep until 430pm, go to work from 5-11 or 5-1 and get my sleep in between. You know how I managed to work full-time and go to nursing school full-time?
COFFEE. Lots of coffee.

Killired said...

I'm a late nighter too! did ya remember to have your iPod charged? did you listen to upbeat music to wake you up??????

Lisa said...

no hints from me. I can't remember the last time I actually got enough sleep....

rob said...

Yup.

Try creating a routine; something that you can do every night as you lay in bed. It's especially helpful if you're coming off of a productive writing stint and can't turn the brain off. As someone who routinely writes until 2-3 AM, this has proved fiercely effective for me. For the last year, I've told myself the same story every night as I wait to tumble into slumber. It allows for my head to put to bed the evening's work and focus on something with which I really don't need to concern myself. Now that has become routine, I usually fall off after 5-10 minutes.

Of course, it could also be the 20 ccs of heroin I routinely inject between my toes before nodding off...but I'm banking that it's the story.

starbender said...

Everything taste better when the WIFE makes it!
:o

Lisa said...

I love the wine idea. But no matter how hard I try, I never can get to bed early.

kenju said...

Switch to decaf is one! Have a beer before bed is my credo. Makes me doze off easily.

AverageMom said...

I just can't help you. I think coffee is manna from heaven. I read in bed, but be careful what you choose to read!

Yaeli said...

hints for sleeping? If you have trouble getting to sleep i'd reccommend Valerian. It's a herbal tablet that should be available from your chemist.
If your having a problem making time to sleep then that's a whole other issue and I reccommend rescheduling your diary. :o)

surcie said...

I need more sleep, too. Maybe I shouldn't stay up so late playing online. . .

Sandy said...

I have no hints. I never drank coffee before I had kids. First kid - first cup.

I ought to be in bed, and yet here I am reading blogs at 10:30pm. Go figure. ;)

Karen said...

This is definitely a morning necessity for me. Can't live without coffee. I admit it.

I've noticed that I don't sleep as well if I've been on the computer before bedtime. (Like right now - oops.) I think the bright lights and info overload tend to overstimulate. Same for TV, but I'm not willing to give up either.

Hope you can find time for a snooze now and then. As I age, I'm starting to rediscover the joy of catnaps.

Have a great evening!

Matt said...

I'm in bed by 10! Get up at 4:30 to go run, then get ready for school and finally stop by my fave cafe for a cup of joe - double non-fat latte.

Anonymous said...

My husband likes his tea and coffee better when I make it too. In fact, I'm making him some tea in a few minutes! :)

As for sleeping at night, tea is good - "Nighty Night" tea by Traditional Medicinals works pretty well and can be found at most whole foods stores. You can also try liquid Valerian extract, though you should make sure it doesnt interfere with any medications first. :)

Kestrel

Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

"Back away from the coffee, and no one will get hurt"

My new beau likes strong coffee, but apparently Rachel-strength is enough to keep him to one cup instead of three. A-HA!!

jennypenny said...

Musn't we all learn that. There just aren't enough hours in the day sometimes. I don't have any hints to battle that problem as I am guilty of working too much too. However if you ever have trouble falling asleep a nice warm bath does the trick for me.

Nattie said...

I'm not a coffee person, but that cup is looking pretty good :) Your photos are really great!

Plain Jane said...

Advice to getting more sleep? Don't drink java after 3pm. Drink warm tea if you must have something warm, read something that isn't likely to keep you captivated to the point of being unable to put the book down, listen to new age or suitable classical while laying in bed, watch the weather channel (that always does it for me) in bed, and if you're not into long, hot bubblebaths, I've got one more suggestion.

While laying in bed, start to relax your body by visually following a "potion" of sleep that begins at your heart, with each heartbeat imagine that the potion is coursing it's way through your body, the little vessels throughout your arms, down through your fingers, your sides, stomach, lower extremities... this visualization gives your mind something to focus on while slowly shutting down the outside sources that keep us awake.

It seems corny but it really works for me to imagine this "sleep potion" oozing through me and systematically shutting my body down. If I'm busy imagining the path and the parts of my body affected, I don't have time to worry about my Blackberry not working or the load of laundry I forgot in the washing machine...

Another weirdness, it works when I'm feeling cold too - but in this case I imagine the warm blood of my heart infusing arteries, veins and muscle with heat.

Color me strange.