A month or two back, I mentioned sleep problems to my manager at work; she said she'd heard good things about Valerian root. I'm not generally much for herbal remedies, but figured it couldn't hurt to try it. Got some, tried it, loved it. Knocks me out for upwards of 7 hours; if I wake up during that time, I remain drowsy enough to fall asleep again. And I was taking it only every 2nd or 3rd night, and didn't seem to be developing a tolerance. For a week or two, I slept reasonably well.

It's been a week of sudden small emotional shocks—ominous-looking emails and phone messages (most of which have turned out not to be ominous after all, fortunately), people reacting more strongly than I expected to things, me being grumpy and surly in email. Stress at work, way behind on the magazine, putting in what feels like full weekends working on it and then looking up and wondering why I've gotten so little done.

Of course, partly probably due to onset of winter. I can tell it's winter here in California 'cause I had to turn my heater on for the first time since spring arrived. Only a night or two, then it got warmer again. But it's also getting dark earlier, of course; another reason I couldn't stand to live in Portland or Seattle. Dark at 5:30 pm is too early; earlier would be worse. The long daylight of the summer wouldn't make up for it, for me. I leave work at 7ish (as usual) and it feels like it's late at night.

Go to bed my guy

sleep is what you need right now

you earned yourself a good rest

commit the big zzz

Wanna learn some fun facts about sleep my guy? Facts about sleep.

The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days! and Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten.

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