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From the Midway: My cure for Insomnia

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Like a lot of people out there, I've battled with insomnia for most of my adult life. I spend many hours in bed staring at my dark ceiling.

My mind gets full of little problems floating around my head. Did I pay my gas bill? What will we put on the front page tomorrow? Is my toothbrush getting too old? Did I let the dog out? These are types of dumb questions that keep me awake at night, especially because I don't have a gas bill or a dog.

Sometimes writing late at night help me purge these thoughts, especially if my thoughts really weigh me down. But that doesn't always work.

I've tried many different ways to get to sleep when a bout of insomnia comes on. People over the years have suggested many things. Did you know there are just as many home remedies for insomnia as there are for curing hiccups and the common cold?

You can get up and walk around. Read a book (that sometimes helps), or the classic glass of warm milk. These are just a few things that I do to shut my mind down.

But, at last, the common solutions do not always work.

I must admit I am a spoiled sleeper. There are a couple of conditions that I have to have before I can drift away. It has to be completely dark and completely silent. If not, I just can't get to sleep. There is one exception to these rules. During the summer months I can get to sleep with a fan blowing on me, but that's it.

I've always admired those people who could sleep anywhere in any condition. Those types of sleepers are just able to flip a switch and bam, they're out. When all the home remedies fail me there is one thing that, without fail, always puts me to sleep.

I'm not talking sleep medication or alcohol inducement to aid me to sleep, but something all natural.

My sure fire cure for insomnia is to watch Star Wars.

Not just any of the Star Wars films but Episode IV - A New Hope. The classic 1977 motion picture by George Lucas for some unknown reason puts me out like being rocked to sleep in my mother's arms.

Take Wednesday for example. I fell asleep on my couch while watching a movie (not Star Wars) around 6 p.m. The next thing I know it was 10:30 p.m. and I was wide-awake. I rarely fall asleep watching TV but never the less it happened and now I was up at the time I normally go to bed.

Well, after a few hours of tossing and turning and blaming my self for falling to sleep to soon, it was time for the cure. I pop in my copy of Star Wars and before Luke and Uncle Owen were finished buying the droids from the Jawas, I was back to sleep.

Maybe watching this movie reminds me of a simpler time in my life or that I know every line in the movie like the back of my hand and I can tune out all of clutter that in my head that's keeping me from sleeping. But

Mike Leckband
From the Midway