Monday, 18 February 2013

Sleeping in Your Clothes

After a busy day I sometimes find myself lying on the couch drifting off into a hypnagogic state in front of a monotonously TV screen.

My brain is just awake enough to inform me that at this point I should really get up, brush my teeth, wash my face, get undressed and lollop into bed.

However, if I do get up, brush my teeth, wash my face and get undressed then by the time I am ready to lollop into bed, I'll be wide awake again and the delightful spell will be broken.

So instead I revel freely in the moment that sleep threatens to envelop me.

The enchantment in nodding off and then nodding awake a few minutes later is like a gentle rollercoaster that goes slowly enough to be thrilling while managing to avoid the unpleasantness of any theme park sensations.

Next time this happens to you my friends, remain motionless, allow your mind to wander off and enjoy the thrill of sleeping in your clothes.

Leave the TV warbling to itself and luxuriate in the sensation of stalking slumber.

When you wake in the small hours with a slight chill, you can sleepwalk to your bedroom before your duvet greedily swallows you whole.

"Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night"
~~ Dave Barry

This is Bella (Joseph and Charlie's dog) relaxing on the couch in Cromer.  She often sleeps on the couch in front of the TV!  January 2013


Christine said...

sounds like you had a good sleep!

Roban said...

"Enchantment," "nodding off and then nodding awake a few minutes later is like a gentle rollercoaster...." "lollop into bed." I love these words you've written my friend, and I am very familiar with these feelings you've shared. I tend to go into that hypnagogic state sometime between reading the paper and eating dinner. Sleep absolutely envelops me, and I cozy right up to it!

Mike Smith said...

I've not heard that Carole Bayer Sager song for years! Brilliant - hope you are well, my friend.

Marja said...

Oh I am happy to be back and enjoying it flly again. Love your post. In the first place because your description is so poetic. Have you written poems before?
You would be great. The pictures you draw make me nearly asleep although I am a big sleeper anyway
probably make more hours asleep than many.
You have a happy day. Arohanui Marja xx

Can-Can said...

Sound advice because any movement and you are awake and cannot get back to that blissful, drooling sleep.

Relyn Lawson said...

The Dave Barry quote has me sorting with laughter. Oh my.

McMGrad89 said...

Are you telling me to skip brushing my teeth? LOL Oh the horror!

When I was a kid, my dad would say, "Anna, go to bed. You are sleeping." I would reply, "No, I'm not. I can still hear the tv." He, however, would insist. And then, I would find myself wide awake. I hate that.