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VALERIE SCHULTZ: Lying awake in the dark night of the soul

Valerie Schultz

Valerie Schultz

Sometimes I lie awake in the wee hours while my husband sleeps peacefully beside me. These hours frustrate me, because no apparent reason prompts my bouts of insomnia: no new pain, no undue stress, no extra caffeine, nothing at all different from the nights I sleep soundly.

As the clock crawls forward I think about getting up and doing something, anything, reading or watching a movie or making a cup of tea, but I don't want to disturb my mate. So I lie there, praying for sleep, trying not to fidget, willing the day to break.

Email contributing columnist Valerie Schultz at The views expressed here are her own.

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