Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Today morning an officer approached me after I parked my car and ran to start my day.  “Did you have your morning coffee, ma’am?” he asked.

I thought that this was a strange question since I actually had two cups of coffee today. “Why are you asking me that?” I asked him.

“Have you seen how you parked your car?”…

I turned back to look at my car. It was certainly a little beyond the designated parking lines, maybe more than just a little. Hmm, I thought, I don’t usually have problems parking, unless I have to squeeze into a tiny spot along the curb, and this was not a tiny spot and not along the curb. Being the obedient citizen I am, I re-parked my car, and moved on with my day. Later, though, I found myself barely getting through the day until I finally got home and threw myself onto the couch and watched three Kung Fu Panda episodes with Alex. But when the shows finished and Alex went to his room to play, I finally picked up my laptop and turned it on.

While I was waiting for the laptop to turn on, I laid my eyes on a Bloomingdales bag on the floor. Recently Varuzh got me new pillows. He said that they are “really good ones” for stomach sleepers like me. Oh, I realized, I just didn’t get a good night sleep. I better get these good pillows out! We spend almost one third of our lives sleeping, I thought. And, if we don’t sleep well, that means that we don’t live one third of our lives well. But wait, there is more: if we don’t sleep well, the remaining two thirds of our lives won’t be much fun to live through either! I guess I better start sleeping on these good pillows.

As I understand, in order for humans to get a good night sleep, our bedrooms should have no reminders of our awaken life. We should not do any work in the bedroom, we certainly should not pay any bills in the bedroom and, should not have a television or smart phone in the bedroom. All these activities and gadgets stimulate our brain, remind us of stress and worries, and make it hard to drift into our dreams. Oh, there is another one: we should not eat for at least two hours before going to sleep. No mid-night snack, I guess. I’m sure you knew that.

I got off the couch and went into the bedroom with the intent of getting rid of all possible barriers between me and a good night sleep. I can proudly declare that we do not have a television in the bedroom, and we no longer have the desk with bank-books in its drawer. I cleared up the books and magazines on our nightstands and put candles with lavender scent. I can smell a bedroom-make-over-project coming up over the weekend. But for now, the good pillows and candles should do. And I better stop snacking.

Will see if I get up refreshed tomorrow… except that I have to get up at 4AM to catch the early flight to San Francisco.

Sweet dreams.

With love always,
xo Zuma A.

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