Ruffled Mind, Restless Pillow

It appears that every man’s insomnia is as different from his neighbor’s as are their daytime hopes and aspirations.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m a decent sleeper, getting to sleep is the problem.

There’s a sort of low-level anxiety that keeps me tossing around as soon as I slide under the sheets. Was it sharpened by too many nights as a kid waiting for The Day After to happen or the kid from Salem’s Lot to be floating outside my window? I’d wager a guess that many kids my age had very similar worries after watching these at the time.


White noise does help, and YouTube is rich with hours of gentle rains, comforting ocean waves, and a variety of nature’s other soothing tones. This “Autumn River Sounds” is a constant part of our more recent nightly routine (we don’t play all nine hours!) thanks to a bedside iPad acting as a costly sleep aid.


Sweet dreams!