I’m sitting here today thinking about what I would like to talk to you about. My mind is numb with exhaustion because I was up most of the night tossing and turning, unable to sleep. Although I went to sleep at my usual time I awoke at 12:10 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep until after 3 a.m. Why; because I couldn’t get my mind to slow down and my thoughts to quiet themselves enough to allow me to fall asleep.
I have a new release coming out in little over a week, and I’m preparing to write a press release. Now, I’ve written them before so that was not the problem, but I kept turning things over in my head and my mind was running with stray thoughts and the proper wording. In connection with this release there are also contacts that need to be made, appearances, and guest blog articles to be written. And so, my mind was abuzz with activity.
I tossed and turned for hours, got up, went to the bathroom, got a drink of water, and even contemplated having some warm milk. Finally, I decided to read a chapter in the book I’m currently reading hoping that would take my mind off all its busy thoughts. Guess what? That worked. I think I fell asleep with the book in my hand and the next thing I knew the alarm was ringing causing me to nearly jump out of my skin.
This got me to thinking about my readers and how they often times can’t put a book down. How they stay up, losing sleep because they just have to keep reading, only to fall asleep with the book in your hand. Then you find yourself at work the next day in zombie form because of severe lack of sleep. You muddle through your day going through the motions all the while thinking about how you can’t wait to get home to finish that book.
Then there are the writers here among NOP readers, who, by the way, are also readers and experience that which I describe above. Not only are they unable to sleep because they can’t put a good book down, but also because they have busyness of the publication and promotion process that keeps their minds wound tight.
My question to you today, dear readers, is how do you quiet your mind? What do you when you can’t fall asleep?