Seeing red

You know that moment when you’re just on the precipice of falling asleep, when you’re so close you can almost taste it, and then suddenly, with your eyes snapping open in anger, you’re completely awake? Not only are you awake in that instance, but you’re also so mad that, even in the darkness of your bedroom, you begin to see red. Your neck whips around to the sound, looking at the source of your sudden alertness. Who cares if you get a crick? You’re mad, and you’re looking at the source of your madness. Whether it’s a ticking clock, a hooting owl, or the ballistic dog next door, I feel your pain. For me, the cause of my insomnia is the fact that, for over a week now, there has been a loud whirring noise coming from my air conditioning. Sydney can be a really cold place to live, it’s actually notorious for it, so having the heating on in winter is completely necessary, even if it means you never sleep.

The problem is, sleep and warmth don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I know that, you know that, we all know that. In fact, I find it way easier to sleep when it is warm. But that godforsaken noise is making finding the path to the land of Nod an impossibility. I’m so sleep deprived that I accidently fell asleep at the wheel yesterday (don’t worry, I was at a red light and someone honked me). I’m drinking seven or eight coffees just to make it through the day, I’m really just too tired to function.

I know that the obvious, and actually relatively pain free solution to my problems would be to just find someone to help with heating repair in the Sydney CBD, but I’m just feeling so stressed out. With work and everything (which is definitely not being helped by all my sleep deprivation) going on at the moment, I can’t contemplate adding anything else onto my plate.