Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Man Upstairs and Insomnia

My upstairs neighbor is disrupting my sleep. He has been quiet for the last few days, but his nighttime activities were waking me up. Every once in a while, he does laundry during the night, but cannot seem to get the hang of creating a balanced load of clothes. The thump-thump-thump as it spins at 3:30 a.m. is not fun. Or when he bangs on the floor with a hammer. 

Apparently, he thinks there are little people living underneath the carpet - it bothers him when they follow him into the kitchen, so he tries to get rid of him - also in the middle of the night.. This information was given to me by his caregiver.

Many nights, I do not sleep while waiting for him to make noise. The only problem with that is I can go 20 hours without sleep. but then I cannot stay awake.during the day. For example, two days ago I fell asleep around 2:45 am and I was awakened by the telephone ringing at 8:30 a.m. I fell back to sleep, but I did not wake up again until 7:55 p.m. Then, I was back to sleep at 1:30 am. until almost 5:00 a.m. 

I have been awake for almost 36 hours at this point, so please excuse any typos or babbling. I am trying very hard to stay awake so I will sleep tonight. It appears I am losing the battle, so I am trying to write quickly.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to get to sleep earlier, because this lack of sleep is causing headaches. I also do not want to go anywhere because of the sleepiness. Help!

-Amelia