Monday, December 13, 2010

What keeps me up at night.

For as long as I can remember I've had trouble falling asleep.  It often takes me an hour or two to fall asleep.  I've never really been interested in taking medication, not because I think I'll become dependent, just because I would take it every night and that would end up costing a lot of money.  Tonight is one of those nights so I thought I'd jot down some of the activities and thoughts that keep me up.

-Reading.  Sometimes I find a book that I just can't put down no matter how tired I am.
-Movies.   My brother James and I will sometimes come home from our evening activities and throw in an       episode or two of Psych or White Collar.  (both good shows)  It's kind of nice to wind down the night like that.
-Working out.  Although this doesn't happen often there are times when I just work out late at night.  I actually think I have an easier time falling asleep after a late night workout because I'm so physically exhausted.
-Music.  This is the one that is getting me tonight.  I'll play a song that reminds me of another song that leads me to a new band that helps me discover another new band... it's ridiculous but there's something so intriguing about it.  I love discovering new music.  I'm amazed at how many people in this world produce incredible music that goes undiscovered by so many people.  It's probably in my top 3 activities of all time.

Thoughts:  (These are some thoughts that often run through my head while i'm laying awake)

What do I need to get done tomorrow?
Did I pay my cell phone bill?
It was great to see my niece and nephews tonight, they're so funny.
What am i gonna do when I graduate?
Will I need to take the GRE or the GMAT?
I should be reading my scriptures right now.
I really want to go buy another canvas so I can paint.
What time is it? I've only got 5 hours till I need to wake up..
Why can't I fall asleep?!
I wonder if I can get hypnotized so I can fall asleep at night.
Is that homework assignment due tomorrow?!
Should I ask her out? I don't think it would go anywhere.
I need to write my goals down.
What am I gonna be doing in a year?
Should I go to Bangkok in the fall?

That's just a taste of what I think about at night.

I really do need to go to bed since it's after 1 a.m. right now and it's gonna take me another hour to fall asleep.  I'll leave you with a song that I absolutely love.  It's by Jonsi who is the lead singer for an incredible band named Sigur Ros.  This song is called Boy 1904.  Whenever I listen to it I have a really vivid image of walking down an old European cobble stone street at night with a light snow falling.  I walk past an old chapel with the doors open and a boy's choir singing this song.  The only noises are the choir and the crunching of my footsteps packing the snow down into the cracks of the cobble stones.  (I know that sounds super cheesy but it's late, i'm tired, and that's really what I picture so deal with it.)

Enjoy. and Goodnight.


Brett C Zollinger said...

you should have already taken the GMAT or the GRE...

Jo Olsen said...

Thanks for rubbing it in brett.

bama said...

when I cant fall asleep, I just say the First Vision in Tagalog. I am asleep before I can finish-every time. maybe give it a whirl.

Mariana Ochoa said...

Jo I found your blog! I love it.

Julianne said...

Weird. I just blogged about sleep weirdness. We are the same, that is neat.

Brett C Zollinger said...

anytime brother, I've got your back.

megan said...

Brady, that would require him first learning the First Vision in Tagalog... haha