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Night Owl

I’ve always been a night owl,  but once ready for bed I don’t remember having trouble falling asleep – until lately.

Blame it on aging,  or Covid concerns,  or worrying about the fate of the planet,  but lately there are nights I toss and turn until the wee hours.

So what do I do?

Well, there’s always a book or an unfinished crossword puzzle on the night table,  or something from the LL Bean catalog I need to order,  or a few games of Words with Friends to play.   And at the stroke of midnight EST the new Wordle challenge goes live,  so there’s always a lot to keep this night owl busy during those wakeful hours.

And of course there are all those upcoming Retro writing prompts to ponder!

– Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Insomnia
Characterizations: been there, funny, well written


  1. John Shutkin says:

    Welcome to the club, Dana. As mentioned, I’ve also found Wordle to be a (brief) respite, but, even more so, Spelling Bee, as there always seems to be another word to find until one reaches the pinnacle: Queen Bee. And maybe if all the Trumps and the entire Republican Party were in jail I’d sleep soundly, but I’m not holding my breath (so to speak) for that.

  2. Marian says:

    I can relate to those thoughts, Dana. As more of a lark, I’m asleep early, but if there is a lot going on in my mind, I sometimes wake at 6 AM, like I did this morning. Ugh!

    • Yes, too much going on in our minds Mare. I’ve tried meditation, but never could clear my mind as directed.

      When I’m afraid I won’t sleep, or can’t get back if I wake in the night, I take Tylenol PM and it seems to work.

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    Hope you get some sweet respite, Dana. This world does bring many worries.

  4. Susan Bennet says:

    Greetings from a fellow night owl, Dana. I love the image of you busying your brain until sleep comes — but I’m sorry for your insomnia. My dreadful excuse is that I can’t bring myself to go to sleep until I hear the last — last!– news of the day. Silly night owl.

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    The older we get, the more time we have for sleeping (most of us being retired), the harder it is to get a good night’s sleep. Seems unfair to me.

  6. Suzy says:

    Good to know when you play your WWF games, Dana. And also when you ponder your Retrospect stories. I encourage both of those activities!

  7. Khati Hendry says:

    Finding something useful to do in those awake hours helps, unless it wakes you up more. Sometimes just thinking about something I have been procrastinating about will put me out, as sleep becomes one more way to avoid it.

  8. Dave Ventre says:

    I think some people are naturally nocturnal. I have always been one for turning in at 2:00 AM. Or 3:00. Or 4:00. But I have no problem sleeping late, even if I get to bed early.

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