I’m writing about sleep because sleep or the lack of it has often been the bane of my life and I have frequently suffered from bouts of insomnia.
My parents had a relaxed attitude to medicine in the 70’s or perhaps I was a very difficult sleeper but I do have a clear memory of being slipped the odd mogadon or two. Not that the pills helped. How many times have I heard, ‘relax before you go to bed’? Don’t they understand that if you suffer from insomnia you can’t relax because the very thing that stops you from sleeping is worrying about it! ‘Night, night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!’ - again a fairly innocuous sounding phrase but putting aside the assumption that there are bed bugs for a moment, this is not just flippant but actually a rather cruel saying for those of us who just don’t always sleep tight.