Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question #92514 posted on 08/05/2019 3:21 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you do when you can't fall asleep? (And you can't do anything about it, since you feel sick and you have to wait it out.)

-I'm Wide Awake, 3:40 a.m.


Dear Wide Awake,

I'm sorry, that's no fun. When my body won't let me fall asleep I try to do things to make my body happy. I drink some cold water, eat some food, turn up the air conditioning, take a shower and put on fresh clothes, etc.

If that doesn't work I get mad at my body for being stupid and then I just watch cooking tutorials on YouTube until my body finally decides we can sleep now.

Hope this helps!




Dear Wide Awake, 

First, I turn on my 'Chill' playlist on Spotify, largely composed of the slower, more lullabyish George Winston pieces. ('Ike La Ladana, Variations on Bamboo, Reflection, Goodnight Irene, Lullaby, Valse Frontenac, Black Stallion...) 

Then, if that doesn't make me drowsy, I'll turn on a show, and acknowledge my fate. I don't want to stare at the ceiling all night. 

If I can't sleep because I feel sick - especially nauseous - I'll lay on the floor and try to cool down, and drink an orange juice. 

Hope you feel better! 




Dear 3:40 a.m.,

This is all with my red nighttime filter on my phone. 

Read the Board and wonder why no sane person has written a question at 2 in the morning.

Endlessly scroll on Instagram to find funny posts that will hopefully serve as a good distraction to my agony. Save the posts so I can send to Carl and later blow up his phone at work when he needs a laughing break. When I get tired enough, I put the phone down and sleep.

But if none of that works, I pray that I can fall asleep and may receive mercy from the heavens.

 -Goldie Rose


Dear you,

Welp, you asked me what I do, and not for advice, so don't blame me for no help whatsoever being forthcoming from this answer.

I lie in misery wishing for time to pass more quickly, alternating between fervent prayers to please help me sleep and wanting to hurry up and die already. Hopefully your experience wasn't like that.



Dear Wide Awake,

PODCASTS. I have definitely listened to podcasts at 3:40 am. My top three are This American Life, Modern Love, and Code Switch. Somehow I have convinced myself that since I can close my eyes while listening to a podcast, it must be more restful than doing something with my eyes open, like reading or watching old episodes of Downton Abbey. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯