£50,000 …If you can get back to sleep…


Sleep deprivation and the Beast From The East. 

A veritable winterwonderland.

Whilst awaiting the arrival of Ivan The Very Full storm of snow, we lay awake. Most of the population seems to be awake at many points when they really ought to be sleeping. Researchers are baffled by this, so much so that they are seeking funds in order to organise proper, government-back evaluations of the issue.

We can’t wait for their findings. Last night we just relied upon old favourites to help us back into slumberland. Each awake at different times, we counted sheep. My wife had been told to go for a walk; a type of walk in her head. She couldn’t do this as she couldn’t decided where to walk. I have tried running in my sleep, but find that my adrenaline starts to kick in and I am wide awake.

The sheep had been taken down from the high pasture for the arrival of Ivan, so we couldn’t count them as they were in the farmer’s barn. There are numerous ways of lulling oneself back to sleep, but in trying them one finds that there is concentration required and concentration keeps you awake.

I kept counting from 1 to 20 until about half past three. My wife, unbeknown to me, tried a new tactic. As she was trying this, I was trying out a new nightmare which was probably school-based. Her technique was to convince herself that she would win £50,000 if she finally reached her goal. She was almost there; within touching distance…


And then I screamed out and spoke Parcel-Tongue

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

4 thoughts on “£50,000 …If you can get back to sleep…”

  1. Oh shit, typical!!!

    I HATE not being able to sleep – I really sympathise. I go down and watch a bad French film with subtitles wrapped in a fleece because the woodburner contains only warm ash.. usually within an hour or two I am eager to go back 👌🏼


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