In the middle of the night…

I’m a very light sleeper and during the night I’ll hear J snore or a car will pass with loud music or my back will hurt…or something will happen…and I’ll wake up.  Once I’m awake, I have a really hard time falling back to sleep.  So I often find myself awake in the middle of the night.

And I love being awake in the middle of the night.

I love being awake when everyone else is asleep.  I like to walk around the house and enjoy the quiet.  I like to sit alone in a room and read a magazine.  Sometimes, I’ll go into the kitchen and have a little snack with only the light from the fridge on.  I curl up in the recliner in our bedroom and watch tv.  When I lived alone, it wasn’t out of the question for me to get into the car in the middle of a sleepless night and drive to the 24-hour Walmart to do some shopping.  That was the best…I practically had the store to myself!

Last night, I woke up at 3AM…I was having an allergy attack and my head was completely congested.  I had to get up in order to breathe.  I walked into the dark kitchen and had something to drink (and I took an extra allergy pill).  Then I stood, looking out our back windows at the street behind us…watching the little bit of traffic that passed by.  After a little while, I went back upstairs and got comfortable in the recliner with the remote control. 

First, I watched the series finale of Entourage…which was a little disappointing.  Then I watched an infomercial about buying real estate with no money down…but that was boring.  So I changed it to an infomercial for the NuWave oven…and seriously considered buying one…because, seriously, that thing is awesome.  Then I watched bits and pieces of The Santa Clause 2 and Iron Man.  After that, I got to rediscover the brilliance that is Wierd Science. 

I took another short walk around the house…just a few minutes to enjoy the quiet once more…and then I went back to sleep. 

Today, I am suffering for my middle of the night activities…as I often do.  Even though I’m not tired while I’m awake, I’m always exhausted the next morning.  The two-hour break in sleep kills me.

But I wouldn’t change it.  I love being awake in the middle of the night.  I love the peace and quiet of it.  Those minutes and hours of being truly alone…with no one wanting anything from me and no one speaking to me and no one needing me to do anything…that time is worth a sleepy next day.

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night?  Do you enjoy being awake while everyone else is asleep?  What do you like to do while you are up?


  1. I dunno… I personally value my sleep more than anything, so if anything ever wakes me in the middle of the night I toss and turn until I’m dreaming again.

    But this notion of having the world to yourself and enjoying the peace and quiet does sound very romantic and beautiful indeed :)

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