It messes with our minds.
Last night I went to bed at 10:00 PM and then woke up at 2:00AM. I tossed and turned for what felt like forever, but I couldn't fall to sleep. I finally got up and did some work on the computer until I finally felt tired at 4:30AM. So I went back to bed, but the lovely birds outside my window decided to get up and tell me all about it. The chirping was relentless... I finally started to doze at 5:30AM and my alarm went off at 5:45AM.
I am officially a zombie!
Now that the kids are off to school and hubby is gone, you would think I would go back to sleep. But no...I am NOT a napper. It would take me forever to fall to sleep and then I would have to sleep for like 2 or 3 hours, but once I wake up I feel even worse. I wish I was a cat napper. Or one of those people like my husband who can take a 10 minute power nap and feel great.
I repeat...insomnia messes with our minds.
I feel like I'm in a fog or have a hangover. I'm thinking it just might be time for a 5 hour energy. Those saved me at Malice when Liz and I pulled a 3 hour night and had to function the next day. Ugh. I am way too old for this. I like my sleep. I need my sleep. I get grumpy without my sleep :-(
It got me thinking about what might have caused my insomnia. I came to the conclusion we as authors are way too overstressed! I have a new book Corpse in the Crystal Ball out that I have to promote so I am in full swing of a blog tour. That involves writing guest posts and interviews, and showing up at the places I'm supposed to be with comments, and keeping track of the winners so my publicist can mail them their books. Not to mention holding contests of my own. On top of that, I just got my edits back for book 3 Trouble in the Tarot which are due in 2 1/2 weeks. Both Tempest and Corpse became National Bestselling books in their first weeks out, so the pressure is on to do a good job with Tarot, which takes time. I am also a freelance editor on the side and am in the middle of a line edit for someone as we speak. Not to mention I have 4 kids involved in everything under the sun.
I repeat...I need my sleep!
It's hard not to feel overwhelmed at times, and my brain never shuts off. Any tips out there for how to sleep better? What causes insomnia for you? Do you get up and do something, or do you keep fighting the losing battle and try to fall back to sleep? Cranky minds want to know :-)
PS...don't forget there's still time to win a "real" crystal ball and signed copy of my book. Just do an honest review my book somewhere and send me your email as well as the link or the review or just tell me where you posted it so I can check it out. I will announce the lucky winner next Wed June 20th on Kari's Kave. Good luck!