No sleep til Brooklyn…

You suddenly find yourself awake around 3 or 4 a.m.  Tell me it never happens to you and I’ll make you an offer on a bridge that’s for sale.  Trust me, we’ve all gone through this or experience it, almost nightly.

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Sleep, at least a good one, can be so fleeting.   This “restful time” each night, when the body and brain shut down for a few hours to gear-up for the following day, can in fact be quite the opposite.  Certainly, the issue of healthy habits leading up to bedtime play a big role in our restful slumber but there are the issues of thoughts that stampede through our mind and wake us in a most abruptive fashion.   Happens to me all the time.

Of course, we all know to avoid eating or drinking certain things prior to bedtime.  Also, never watch some horror movie or read anything which might inflame our REM sleep.  Yes, yes. Elementary, my dear Watson.

Whether it’s some ongoing, unfinished, argument, work-related issues,  or painful memories which come jabbing at us during the night, the recommended 7 or more hours of sleep each night (ages 18 – 60) can be nothing more than words on some page or a generalized suggestion from a physician.

Speaking of those words on some page, a few appropriate quotes on this subject.  I wonder if most of these were written after a good nights sleep or at 4 in the morning. 

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.” — Mesut Barazany

“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” — E. Joseph Cossman

 “Anyone can escape into sleep. We are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.” — Emile M. Cioran

“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 am knows all my secrets.”


My personal favorite, not that you asked…. “Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it’s time to get up.”


workshop-button-1From Mama Kat’s Workshop….Write a blog post inspired by the word: sleep.  As far as the title of this post, it’s just a Beastie Boys song that I like.  Kind of appropriate, not that I live anywhere near Brooklyn.



  1. How much one drinks before bed can be a wee hours waker-upper. I very often have to get to go to the bathroom, but usually return to sleep immediately.

    The worse times are when I “pop awake” at some wee hour and my brain becomes alert and starts ruminating on this or that, things that need to be done and so on. When such things happen, I sometimes find getting up, writing on some bit of story in my computer clears my mind and about an hour later, I can go back to bed and fall asleep.

    • Patty says:

      I completely agree with consuming too much liquid before bedtime. At least for me, that presents kind of a double-edged-sword, especially since I deal with kidney stone visits and drinking plenty of water is a must!

      I go through those same \”pop awake\” events and, like you, head to my computer and try to make use of my time. Unfortunately, the \”sleepies\” set in about an hour before I have to get up for work!

      Thanks for stopping-by!

  2. Kim says:

    “A Good Night’s Sleep” is something I aspire to, but is almost mythical. I dream every time I sleep, and if I’m lucky, it’s not too disturbing. I do watch and read things that may cause bad dreams, but I also have them even when I don’t. The worst are sad dreams, though.

    To say I almost never feel well-rested enough is pretty accurate, though my body sometimes forces me into it – even though it won’t let me wake up before physical rest is achieved, it certainly doesn’t stop me from dreaming. I’ve been this way my whole life, though, so I am used to it by now.

    • Patty says:

      Like you, Kim, I dream nightly and the percentage of good vs. bad dreams leans towards the more positive side. But, when said dreams are bad, they totally wipe me out when morning comes.

      Guessing that, like yours, my mind just keeps working overtime. On occasion, the aftermath of some dreams stays with me during waking hours, almost as if there were some, subliminal, message trying to get through.

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Tiffany says:

    You learn so much in regards to sleep if you have a kid on the autism spectrum, please feel free to borrow mine if you need someone to hang at 3/4 in the morning. We have tried Melatonin, CBD, Magnesium supplements, warm milk, epsom salt baths 30 minutes before bed with some white noise and mood lighting… ether… I mean… SO JUST KIDDING. Sleep is a necessity, we’re all doing our best to obtain it. I wish you the best of luck!!

    • Patty says:

      I think you are amazing with all that you do for your child. I work once each month with a Holistic Practitioner and several of his young patients have autism; most are treated with herbal/homeopathic remedies, similar to what you are using/have tried. Some work, at least for a while, but it can be back and forth to find that one, or more, supplement that eases the issues at hand.

      Thank you for stopping by…will keep positive thoughts coming your way!

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