Sleep – The Indifference of Inertia

Word Cloud based on Inertia

It is morning; at least it is for most. Mine can’t officially start yet, though. I am trapped in the no man’s land between sleep and wake. It’s a strange place to be, this ‘no man’s land.’ Everything in the room is foggy and my eyes won’t focus. My coordination is out of sync by three inches. My thoughts are incoherent and my inner voice is still snoring her head off. I turn my head to the side, but my eyes stay fixed forward.

It has been 20 minutes now since I got out of bed, but I have a long time yet to spend in no man’s land. The specialist calls it ‘extended sleep inertia.’I have my weapon of choice clutched at the ready, though. The weapon is coffee. A large Coffee. A large, strong coffee. Sadly, it will take a lot more than coffee to help me slay the sleep inertia. Coffee, no matter how many cups, isn’t enough on its own. I do have an arsenal of weapons at my disposal, thankfully and I need to use every single one of them to slaughter the sleep inertia – for today, anyhow. Tomorrow, I get trapped in no man’s land and have to repeat the battle all over again. And the next day. And all the days to follow.

I have my weapon of choice clutched at the ready, though. The weapon is coffee. A large Coffee. A large, strong coffee. Sadly, it will take a lot more than coffee to help me slay the sleep inertia. Coffee, no matter how many cups, isn’t enough on its own. I do have an arsenal of weapons at my disposal, thankfully and I need to use every single one of them to slaughter the sleep inertia – for today, anyhow. Tomorrow, I get trapped in no man’s land and have to repeat the battle all over again. And the next day. And all the days to follow.

Photo of a cup of coffee beans spilled

A sleep treatment plan sends out battle cries to my arsenal of weapons. Coffee, naturally, is deployed first; four mugs in total over a two and a half hour period is necessary.

Next to be deployed alongside the coffee, is a lightbox, providing bright light therapy. It provides the equivalent illumination of 10,000 candles. Inertia – prepared to be burned! I have to sit for two forty-five-minute sessions, spread over two and a half hours, with the lamp shining side-on into my eyes.

At the ready, is my laptop. Its job is to launch an assault on the fuzz in my brain by throwing in some puzzles and interesting articles. The assault punches straight into the eyes making the brain cells start to function. Figure out the puzzles, digest the articles and help destroy the fuzz that’s glueing up those neurons!

Next to march into battle is music. Music is a sneaky weapon. Inertia doesn’t see this one creeping in below the radar, under a cloak of invisibility. Launching its attack through the ears; you can hear it, but you can’t see it. Oh, what a sneaky one you are, music! No vocals, though, just the pleasant instrumental sounds of Medwyn Goodall to defuse Photo Brown bottle with peppermint leavesthe fuzz.

Waiting in the trenches is peppermint. What a weapon that is! Peppermint essential oil released in a burner whooshes straight up my nose, directly into the brain. This gives the brain cells an additional boost. This weapon tears the fuzz apart to enhance concentration and frees the memory cells that are being held frozen by the inertia.

All these weapons deployed in the war have successfully crushed the inertia and my weary, sleep-deprived brain is starting to rouse. Coordination is lining up and I carefully step over the barbed wire and out of no man’s land, back into the world of the living.

Tomorrow, the same war, with the same weapons will wage over again. Until then, I try to make the most of my day and cope with the effect of sleep deprivation left behind by the sleep disorder after the inertia has been annihilated. But, that’s another story!

 

Photo Credit: (c) Can Stock Photo

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