I’m not sure it would be truthful to say I ‘suffer’ from insomnia, but sleep doesn’t come easily to me, and rarely happens when it should. A few people in my life know about how odd my sleeping habits are, but I’ve never really spoken much about why.
I have cycles of Transient Insomnia, meaning my lack of sleep only usually lasts days at a time. This tends to depend on my shift patterns at work. If I work an early shift I tend not to sleep simply because I don’t naturally feel tired until it’s time to leave the house anyway.
I don’t like sleeping at night, but the reason why is nothing very dramatic; it’s quiet. I’ve spent the majority of my life sharing a home with at least six other people. I’m from a large family, and was fortunate enough to make a lot of friends at University. I spent three years living with five of them. Growing used to so much noise in my life isn’t something I regret, but simply made silence more valuable.
At night I can relax. The evenings are for comfortable clothes, in a quiet space where I can shut out the world. With no distractions and no one else to worry about, my mind can spin freely, my imagination given the space to experiment with ideas and characters I’ve stored up for safe keeping throughout the day.
I feel more comfortable knowing everyone else is asleep. The peace provides a solid backdrop for the stories in my head to play out as I write them down.
Feeling more productive in the dark isn’t my oddest feature, but it’s up there. I’m sure writers and bloggers from all walks of life have equally odd writing habits, however. And I’ve no doubt that anyone stopping by to read this post with have a routine they feel helps their writing process. Why not tell me about them.
As for my wakefulness, well going to work looking like a zombie may be tough on my coworkers, bit I’m not all that worried. In the words of Fran Lebowitz,
Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.