Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

Silence before sleeps

For as long as I can remember I have not been able to go to sleep without first turning on a movie or audio book and listening to it before I go to sleep. Even back to when I was a young lad, I can remember getting to sleep easier by listening to the coyotes howl in the eve.

In the past whenever I would attempt to turn off all of the extra sensorial activities, but I would not be able to go to sleep. I would literally stay awake for hours upon hours having my mind wander form topic to topic, dissecting and exaggerating everything that happened. However, if there was someone next to me then I would have the breathing, the moving, and the heat to distract my mind. Those nights next to someone were the only times that I was really able to get to sleep without the electrical distractions.

While having these extra sensorial activities going on I was getting a proper amount of sleep, woke up on time, and felt rested for the new day; so what's the harm? Throughout all of these years I never thought there was one, and really still don’t; but I still wanted to make the effort to get to sleep without this crutch. So in retaliation for the decades of going to sleep with noise I have made the effort to drop it all.

Last night was night three of the test, and I must say that it is working quite well. I am actually feeling more rested than I did before, and to top it all off I am actually waking up earlier. Before this test my normal sleep schedule would be to get to bed around 1am and wake up at 9:30am, then not actually get out of bed until 10-10:30am. Now I get to bed around 1am, wake up at 8am, and get out of bed at 8:30-8:45am. On these fewer hours of sleep I am actually feel more rested than I did before. Now while you could claim that it was because I was over sleeping, that isn’t the case. I have tried in the past to get up at this time, but I would never feel this rested; and I needed an alarm to boot.

So the $3 question has been what have I changed to initiate a quick fall asleep without my brain attacking my mind? Self hypnosis/meditating, for serious. The day's events and the intangible actions of the moment still carry over to when I am at my weakest, but now I can subdue them -at least for now-. With this bit of quicker sleep I have been actually able to think a bit clearer, and really focus on what I want and want to do. I am still a bit impulsive in my actions, and dwell on the consequences of them; but now I feel confident in my actions after the thoughts that follow the action.