Hmmm. I seem to have lost my grasp on this whole sleeping thing. After a relatively promising first night back from Tokyo, I’ve been unable get back into a west coast rhythm. Last night, I lay awake until 3:00 a.m., trying to remember what, exactly, it felt like to fall asleep.
I envy people who can just shut their eyes and drift off through sheer force of will, like William Shatner according to that interview I once saw with the actor many years back (or, conversely, it may have been his character James T. Kirk in the novelization of a Stark Trek episode as relayed to me by my cousin when I was a kid). There’s nothing quite as sad and frustrating as lying in bed, desperately trying to salvage those dwindling precious few hours of darkness. Okay, all is not lost. If I fall asleep in the next twenty minutes, I can still get in three hours sleep! I remember reading a research article (or it may have been a true or false question on the old Hollywood Squares show) that claimed people fall asleep faster by actually trying to stay awake. So I tried that. And reading until I was tired. And counting sheep. Nothing worked. I ended up popping a melatonin tablet and that did the trick.
Tonight, I’d rather not rely on the pill so I’m looking for a natural solution. I recall reading a research article (or it may have been an episode of Food Detectives) that suggested chamomile tea had yielded positive results with test subjects. I’m going to try a cup tonight before turning in. Will let you know how it goes.
Please post your surefire insomnia remedies. It will give me something to read while I’m up late tonight.
Some interesting links:
“Things should improve, Moonves says, as Nielsen begins to count the growing number of viewers who watch shows on digital gadgets including smartphones and tablets.” Yep, things should improve. Eventually. For some shows anyway. Les Moonves Urges Industry Watchers To “Stop Looking At Overnight Ratings”.
I read this while I was in Tokyo and thought it mighty brilliant – and incredibly touching. The short story, “The Paper Menagerie”, by Ken Liu, won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award, the first work of fiction to ever sweep all three. Read it here: Read Ken Liu’s amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and – Io9 and then head on over and tell Ken how much you enjoyed it here: Home
A much as I enjoy Guy Fieri’s down-home buffoonery on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, I couldn’t help but savor this NYT critic’s extended lament to Guy regarding his new Times Square restaurant: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/dining/reviews/restaurant-review-guys-american-kitchen-bar-in-times-square.html?_r=0 . Some of the highlights: “Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret — a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers — called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?” and “At your five Johnny Garlic’s restaurants in California, if servers arrive with main courses and find that the appetizers haven’t been cleared yet, do they try to find space for the new plates next to the dirty ones? Or does that just happen in Times Square, where people are used to crowding?” Ouch.
From the gang at cracked.com: 6 Iconic Movie Scenes That Happened by Accident. Poor, poor, Viggo.