The inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
And sometimes it’s the driving force that makes me write. Like tonight for example – the neighbors on the other side of the back fence are moving out – at midnight. And we all know how quiet that task is…. not.
But it doesn’t take that much noise to keep me awake. A clicking ceiling fan, the train off in the distance, the echo of a yapping dog many blocks away; all echo through the suburban jungle in an effort to keep me awake. And then in the morning comes the birds, owls, chickens, and even more dogs and trains. I’ve written of the animal conspiracy before and they all work together to keep me up. After all, they have the option of sleeping all day while I’m at work.
And even if the neighbors, animals, and trains are quiet, there is he incessant noise within my own head to contend with. A constant ringing noise, possibly tinnitus, combined with music playing 24/7, is enough to break the strongest willed inmate. But I’ve come to learn how to deal with the noises rather than let them take complete control. Now if only I can get a request played…..