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thank you for

i gave up
coffee twelve-
point-some days ago,
not that i’m counting
or contemplating
ways to nab your
cuppa from you,
sleep is harder
to come by
than ever

(it’s a
short term
problem, but
it sure sucks
right now)

two nights ago,
i tried every


two hours of

… until …
i remembered
how i “cured”
my insomnia
the very first time
some years

dear god,
i began

and wherever
you are:

thank you
for my toes,
which help me 
balance, and 
reach a little
higher for
things on
the top

thank you 
for my feet,
which help me
walk, and
run, and
skip, and
leap, and
dance, and
hike, and
drive, and 
shuffle, and

thank you
for my legs,
which do even
more of the work
for all those
foot-thanks things
than do 
my feet
alone, and
also help me
reach down and
lift my little people
up to my eye level,



  1. March 18, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Excellent. I know people who have trouble sleeping, I will pass this on.

    • March 18, 2016 at 4:02 am

      I can’t believe it didn’t strike me earlier! It helped me again to sleep last night.

      I should probably have exercised it again in the middle of the night. Ahem!

  2. March 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I’ll have to remember that. My sleep isn’t any better since i stopped drinking coffee and in many ways worse, but that isn’t caffeine withdrawals fault, more cats, dogs, changing clocks and hurt backs.

    • March 18, 2016 at 4:10 am

      My sleep was way better by the end of the month when I went off coffee earlier in the year, but the first couple of weeks were not pleasant. That’s proving the case this time around, too. The book I just finished reading (Caffeine Blues) said it takes about three weeks for hormones to regularize after withdrawing coffee, so that might be why the first couple of weeks are so unpleasant in that way. Its author recommends going two months without to truly see the benefits. For me, that’ll be no problem* in light of how negatively I reacted a couple of weeks back, but never before that would I have agreed to a two-month coffee vacation!

      * This is kinda a half-truth, but it’s about the totality, not just coffee. I expect to say more in WCS!

      • March 18, 2016 at 4:19 am

        I’m going to try. No chocolate is tough, though 😉

  3. March 18, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Can I have your cuppa? Sleep is my best skill, according to my husband.

    • March 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

      It’s historically one of my worst, thanks to my mom’s insomnia-riddled family background! I’ve recently-ish experienced decent sleep, so I am trying to get back there. I wish it could be instantaneous, but nope! Work required. 🙂

  4. Deb
    March 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

    At least you have a plan for those times when sleep is elusive. I would just lay there and ponder and reflect on my day and life which would set my mind to reeling which would elicit more thought and the circle would continue for hours. Sometimes I can talk myself down with relaxation and visualization but mostly my brain just won’t turn off…

    • March 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

      That’s where I’ve spent most of my life! The prayers were something I found comforting, and that comfort lulled me toward sleep. Thus something that did not begin as a sleep aid turned into one. 🙂

      Other stuff I added after changing how I ate. The folks who guided that had some great suggestions about improving sleep, and those worked pretty well with early-morning coffee until recently. Now it’s time for me to adapt without coffee. I wish it could be quicker, and that it were easier to not stress about getting enough sleep in the meantime, but bit by bit I’ll get there!

      Wishing you good nights of sleep ahead. ♡

  5. March 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Hooray for sleep!

    • March 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Now if only I’d had the sense to go back to sleep after my mid-night awakening last night … ! :p

      • March 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

        Logic and sense don’t exist after midnight.

  6. March 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Yup, counting blessings…Proverbs 3:24

    • March 19, 2016 at 4:45 am

      I came at this intuitively rather than biblically, having not read the Bible–or the New Testament, anyway–since elementary school.

  7. March 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I’m with you. I pray about all things thankful to drift off. It helps to take my mind off the stress of sleeplessness.

    • March 19, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Exactly! To realize I never make it through one-tenth of my blessings before falling asleep is profoundly perspective-giving, too. 🙂

  8. March 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    There is a reason so many cultures use sleep deprivation as a torture.
    It is.
    I am glad you found a method which works for you.
    I do the ironing. Not a job I like. Either I get tired and go back to bed (and sleep) or I get the ironing done.
    Except on nights where I have no ironing. Like the last two.

    • March 19, 2016 at 4:48 am

      It really is. The fact that a few days of sleep deprivation can cause such pronounced, terrible symptoms is very illuminating. Since Littler J was a few months old, I’ve often gone two or three nights in a row with crappy sleep. I’ve managed, but this last week … no bueno.

  9. March 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I like that.

  10. N.
    March 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Giving up coffee? That sounds.. Not too easy to say the least 😳 I’m glad you managed to cure your sleeplessness though..

    • March 19, 2016 at 4:49 am

      It is no fun! It’s especially not fun during this window where my hormones (and sleep) haven’t equalized from being caffeine free … but which I still can’t have caffeine, which helped me ignore the tired previously. In a week, I should be good as gold, or roughly, but for right now … I’m holding on with mind on the good ahead by virtue of my persistence now!

  11. March 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I thrive with five but work well with four, always have.

  12. March 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    OMG! This is exactly what I was doing last night when I was staring at the ceiling experiencing “jimmy legs” (aka RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME) and trying to sleep…I started a grateful prayer and then grabbed Boo (our cat) and settled in for some z’s….I am confused, though, I can not have anything with any caffeine in it after 3 p.m. or it keeps me up….you can not sleep WITHOUT coffee??????? Hm…..caffeine withdrawal (is there such a thing???)

  13. March 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    This is the exception! While actually drinking coffee, coffee seriously messes with my sleep … and that’s when I’m having a half-cup at 4 a.m.! What’s messing with my sleep right now isn’t the absence of coffee, but the withdrawal and all the hormonal+ readjustments underway currently without that boost to which my body’s long since become accustomed.

    I’m given to understand I should be through the worst of it in another four or five days, though there’ll still be some mild impacts for another several weeks. Honestly, today was kinda exciting given that I went from tired but wired (a terrible combination!) to just plaint tired. Good sleep ahead?!

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