If you read my first post book addict with a sleep problem. You’ll know sleep hasn’t been coming easy to me recently. This has led to serious increase in caffeine as well as sugary food and overall sluggishness. In fact to say that I look and feel like a slug in a sleeping bag most days is not an exaggeration.
I’ve been trying to explore ways to break this habit of the 2 am bedtime but decided the first thing I had to do was take a step back and look at what started it in the first place.
When Noo was about 4 months old we did a 4 day stint in hospital due to a severe urine infection. We were in for so long because it took the hospital quite a long time to work out where her infection was coming from. It was suspected at one point she might have meningitis and so she had to endure a lumbar puncture. Not something I’ll soon forget. We were very lucky that she was OK and I’m really thankful for that.
The problem is that to look at her, at the time, she didn’t look ill. Other than the few hours leading up to her being hospitalised she looked fine and only ever spiked a temperature once the entire time she was admitted. Even the consultant was astounded that, for a child who had bacteria floating round her blood stream, she was so chirpy. At the time I was proud, she was being so brave. It wasn’t until we were being discharged that I realised with horror…….how will I know if it’s back? How will I know if she’s really ill again? What’s that? Trust my instincts? Roll on a million hospital visits. And so the worry was born.
The worry has been fed and has grown. Just like a pregnant belly it leaves me uncomfortable, tossing and turning unable sleep. There have been follow up appointments at the hospital involving catheters, scans and dyes all whilst awake (no easy task for a 6 month old) and so the worry grew bigger until we were told there was nothing to worry about after all. Everything was fine and the tests were clear. Now the problem is my brain is so ingrained to stay up until 2 am I can’t break the habit. Although I no longer have pregnant belly sized worries my brain doesn’t want to accept this and won’t switch off.
I’ve tried yoga and meditation, warm baths and strict bed time routines, exercise (I know I’m as shocked at the idea as you are) and no caffeine after 4 pm. It was hard but I endured, all to no avail. Then I realised my problem was being exacerbated by the fact that as a book addict, just like a crack addict, I’m twitchy if I don’t get my fix.
The books another Harry Potter style, coming of age story and is the first in a 5 book series with the second book due for release in October this year.
The story is aimed at aged 10+ but is a great read for adults too. I like the fact that the main character is very different from Harry as he has a rebellious streak and his background is very different however there are also similarities ie both are outcasts with unruly black hair. What I liked was that this book is different enough that I don’t feel myself comparing constantly whilst reading, which has happened with a number of other, similar books I’ve read.
The story is compelling enough to be a real page turner with parts left unsaid and unexplained making you want to read and discover more. There were a number of plot twists that I wasn’t expecting which was a welcome surprise as I was initially worried that the story might be a bit predictable ie the main character is always the hero etc especially in books aimed at children. However this wasn’t the case. Whilst this book is appropriate for children I didn’t feel like it was written for them like the Harry Potters were.
Overall it was a really good read and has been another great stepping stone, in addition to The Bones of You, to get me back into reading and thus an appropriate bed time. Can I get a cheer that I’ve been in bed and asleep 4 nights in a row at 11 pm! I should feel elated (I am) I’m just too exhausted to show it. It would seem that now my body has had 7-8 hours of sleep it’s realised what its been missing and is craving sleep all the more!
My next book to read is the new Karin Slaughter book. What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for me?
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