The Witching Hour
3 A.M. is what I call the witching hour. In conversations with friends of all ages, I have found that they, like I, often awake at 3 A.M. and then have trouble falling back to sleep. It’s at that time that the Rolodex in my brain starts spinning. Each card of the Rolodex contains a different concern. It could be a task I don’t want to do or a task I don’t know how to do, a situation a family member or friend is facing (There is a card for each person.), a decision to be made, the wording of a blog post. Sometimes a ghost sneaks in and every once in a while, but not often, a regret. Usually one particular card gets stuck in position and takes up residence in my mind for at least that night.
I have three strategies for returning to sleep. 1.) I repeat over and over, “Let it go,” and I did this long before Disney popularized the phrase in “Frozen.” 2.) I go through verse after verse of hymns. 3.) Following the suggestion of Dr. Michael J. Breus, a sleep specialist, I begin with 300 and count backwards by 3’s. I think I’ve made it to zero only two or three times. Often I fall asleep out of self-defense with this method.
Of course, the ideal thing would be to be one of those people who say, “I never worry.” That would not be me. In fact, I’ve been thinking I should worry more because many of the things I worry about never happen! It’s the others that sneak up and knock me upside the head!
And so it goes. The other evening when my cat threw up. I said to him, “Sorry, Bennie. You have to go to the back of the Rolodex!”
© Dorothy C. Judd 2015
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