The other night I learned something, something that has been in the news lately but that I had to learn from my own experience. Do not surf the web right before you go to sleep; you won’t sleep. I was looking for places to stay in Florence when I go in October. Great fun seeing what’s available, but no fun afterwards being awake half the night. My brain was electric with unnecessary views of apartments and possibilities. All my usual tricks to stop thinking, slow down and fall asleep were useless; they didn’t even exist.
We all know how hard it is to fall asleep after we’ve come home from an evening meeting or party that we’ve chosen to attend. But we don’t need to choose the computer as our final evening activity. Knit, listen to music, read (a hardcopy book or turn you kindle to white on black) and then turn out the light.
So what about the silence, solitude and simplicity of sleep? I want it but it’s challenge to get it. One of my solutions—turn off the computer.