In the middle of the night


In the middle of the night
when everyone is asleep
your baby (or dog) took away your beauty sleep
and you now remained awake.

What to do when the world sleeps
you too wish you can join in and sleep
but your mind is all alert
you cannot get back to sleep.

Nothing can be worst than tossing and turning
rather than wasting the hours away
do some reading, writing or anything at all
other than forcing sleep that won’t come.

Believe it or not
my eyes now struggled to stay open
I am near the end of the golden hour
struggling to finish my poetry.

Broken sleep though often viewed as a disorder
is not necessarily all wasted
In the dead of night, drowsy brains can conjure up new ideas
from the debris of dreams and apply them to our creative pursuits.

The next morning you probably noticed
when you skimp on sleep
it shows on your face
you look tensioned and stressed.

But do not despair
the next time you slip between the sheets
relax your mind, imagine a whole bed of lavenders
Seven to nine hours of beauty rest nightly should do the trick.

The simple tip is
no babies allowed in your bedroom
no sleeping partner or
a four legged attention seeker.

People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?


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