Are you sleeping? Yes I am.

3:25 AM Priyanka 13 Comments

I am a very sensitive sleeper. It's like the moment I lie down and shut my eyes, all my senses become 100x more powerful. I'll be all nice and clean and sleepy and dreamy when going to bed,

but the moment I hit the shack, it's like I'm transformed into an alien creature with extra set of senses,

so that the minutest sounds like somebody tiptoeing, or whispering, or typing lightly with one's fingertips (read: activities that my ex-roommate was restricted to if she had to stay up past my bed-time), and the tiniest light sources in the room, even if it's the light from the outside corridor sneaking in from under the door, become multifold and are repeatedly sent to my half-asleep mind for processing, so although i'm physically sleeping (read: pretending to sleep) what's actually going on is something like this:

Yes, I can tell all of that with my eyes closed (weirdos of the world unite!) I was really lucky to have an understanding room-mate though, she could totally tell when I was pretending to sleep and when I was well and truely out. She tried to make sure she slept at the same time as me, but there were times when that arragement didn't work out and I had to stay-up in my head until she slept, and I didn't have anyone else but my own senses to blame. This year I have a single room and the only person who has to make sure he plays dead while I'm asleep is my pet-hamster (we work out the differences later).

Last night a friend of mine requested to use my room for a group project work overnight, while I was to sleep in her twin-sharing room. I had had a long day at work, so I thought I'll simply crash at her place earlier and fall asleep before her room-mate comes in and initiates the chain of profound thoughts in my head. But alas! I went to bed at around 10 pm and her roommate come back around 2 am, and as expected, my movement-detection-antennas self-activated and I woke up (only mentally though, please note that I'm a very polite person) and you can probably figure out the rest of the story..

I'm worried now.
I'm not going to get pitch-black darkness and pin-drop silence EVERY time I go to bed, its time I trained myself in resistence.
On second thoughts, maybe the government can use my super-sensory powers!

Who am I kidding! I will never give up my precious sleep to save the world!
It's not that I haven't tried sleeping amidst a bit of commotion before, but I've always failed you guys have any suggestion?
I can think of only one possible solution for now,

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Ronni said...

I'm a light sleeper as well. Maybe not quite a light as you, but I am definitely sensitive. And earplugs don't help me at all. Seems like they amplify things, to be honest.

But I have an iPhone with an app called "White Noise." It's a lifesaver on the really sensitive nights. If you can manage to sleep with earbuds in and not get all tangled (actually easier than you'd think), you can pick any sound that will drown out the outside. And you can set an alarm so that the sound can fade which might wake you up. I also recommend the earbuds with the squishy things on them (like Skullcandy, but they have cheaper versions by Sony and other companies) because the squishy parts also help block out noise.

I'm so sensitive, though, that only some of the sounds work well for me. Others are too jarring. But you might benefit from a white noise machine or something to drown out all those little noises your roommate makes.

Ronni said...

P.S. Your illustrations are hilarious!

Priyanka said...

wow i'd never heard of the white noise app, thank you so much for the other suggestions too! :) one of em ought to be my savior!

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Kari said...

I'm a very light sleeper too! I can't remember the last time I slept all night without waking up. It just doesn't happen.

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jellybelly said...

Lucky for me I have no trouble sleeping. I hate not getting enough sleep, I feel like a zombie the next day. Stopping by from Hopalong Friday bloghop!

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Mrs. T said...

Wow!! I really could've used that yesterday!!!
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NC Sue said...

Thanks for following - I'm glad you stopped by! When I stopped by to follow you back, I was delighted to find your blog! And I think I share your super-abilities when I attempt to sleep!

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