Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sleep is Like a Wet Suit

I wear sleep like a wet suit. It covers me when I'm in the depths of my unconsciousness. When I wake, it clings to me and weighs me down. It restricts my movements and I have to shed it like a second skin. Putting it on takes preparation and effort and time. Sometimes I take all day to put it on, a little at a time, so when it comes time to submerge, I'm ready. Other days, I refuse to take it off, but wear it throughout my day, dragging my feet from the weight of it, feeling normal underneath, but slower. The extra padding it offers makes it more easy for me to get comfortable. To sit and rest my eyes as I sink into it. I wear sleep like a wet suit. It makes me feel warm and comfortable and safe. But it is not made for land. I am.

5 comments:

Diane said...

i think we need to go through some sort of sleep 12-step program. you know that sleeping problems is the number one aggravation of depression? it's not just a symptom, it's a cause. trust me on this. so get your sleep!

Jonathan Dow said...

Are there 12 steps to sleep? I only know of one. Sleep.

Diane said...

well according to you there are multiple steps, since you put on the wet suit on a little at a time throughout the day. your wet suit is the preparation for sleep, right? can't sleep without prep, which for me includes ceasing the caffeine intake. for you, i'm not sure. but i'm sure you know. lol.

speaking of caffeine, it's too early to be thinking this abstractly. my brain is fried, time to wake it up.

Jonathan Dow said...

I just meant that I get tired more and more throughout the day.

Diane said...

okay lol. I guess it's too early for me to see the obvious then. i overslept again. time to set multiple alarms. :/