No Sleep Gwen (NSG)

Time: 01:53

I was asleep, deep in lovely dreams, when I suddenly I wasn’t. This happens a lot. I’ve several friends who either find me awake in the middle of the night from the other side of the planet or from their homes much closer to *home* that used to be concerned when they saw me putzing online in the middle of the night and now they just greet No Sleep Gwen like we are sitting in some coffee shop somewhere sipping on espresso and everything is totally normal and kosher.

It shouldn’t be this way, you know. I shouldn’t be awake like this!

I know, I know… no one should be awake in the middle of the night blah blah blah.

For real though, I’m narcoleptic and I really should not be capable of being awake like this night after night for months on end. I am not type 1 where I fall asleep or pee when I laugh or sneeze or something. Nope, I’m type 2 where I am sleepy all the time and can get to R.E.M. sleep in about 3 minutes. That power nap you take that you’re so proud of because you slept?! Yeah. I kick your naps ass with my full dream sequence.

It never occurred to me before I was finally diagnosed that it was weird to be able to have dreams between hitting the snooze and waking up a couple minutes before the alarm went off again.

Yet despite my best efforts to sleep deeply all night long, despite all I do to make sleep possible, despite this incurable disease that I refuse to take methamphetamine for (legally prescribed, of course), I lie here night after night awake.

Figure that one out, I dare you!

And what’s the worst part is the times I wake are really predictable because I tend to wake at specific times that are always within 3 minutes of the top or the bottom of the hour and there are hours that are more frequent than the rest. How do I know? Because every stinking time I roll over and it’s one of those times I wonder what it is that makes it happen.

Why 02:03?


Want to know what’s worse? I will get back to sleep and then wake up again at the next regularly scheduled torture session.

Don’t get me wrong:

I love the peaceful quiet of the middle of the night when it is just me.

I love that there’s no pressure to do things, make phone calls, clean something, be productive.

I love the 5 minute conversations I sometimes have with friends who I might otherwise not get to talk with in real time.

But as much as I love the peaceful quiet, I love sleep too.

Here’s another weird thing about No Sleep Gwen: even though I’m narcoleptic, I can’t really sleep once the sun is up. Napping happens when I’m sick or my body is just done for the day, but pretty much once that sun is awake so am I.

I feel the magical narcolepsy kicking in again. Huzzah! It’s only been 3 hours… not that I’m obsessing about it at all.

Maybe next time No Sleep Gwen will explain something more fascinating than why she is No Sleep Gwen.

12 thoughts on “No Sleep Gwen (NSG)

Add yours

  1. You see, it’s not writer’s block. You’re doing just fine, except for the insomnia part. I’ve been pretty sleepless myself lately so I’m not the best person to give you advice. What might help is not staring at the screen before going to bed. Wishful thinking.
    This has been frustrating for moi too since I would also get to R.E.M. sleep in about I’d say less than 3 minutes. My sister used to really hate me…Alas, these happy days are no more.
    BTW, I believe neither of us could be called narcoleptic because of our super power to fall asleep anytime anyplace, like on a bench in a park in broad daylight. I had a friend (we lost touch) who would fall asleep in the middle of a very interesting conversation each and every time or at a very loud concert, always coming up with an excuse of how tired he was and never accepting the fact that he’s simply a narcoleptic. So, NO, we’re not the ones.
    So, what shall we do No Sleep Chatting Friend from the other side of the planet? Hm, crystal meth, you don’t say.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Actually, I really am type 2 narcoleptic. I always thought I was not sleeping well and had my thyroid checked many times trying to figure out why I was exhausted after a full night’s sleep. Then the doctor prescribed a med that causes cataplexy (random falling asleep) in narcoleptics that are not cataplectic. I fell asleep driving and my little hatchback went under an SUV that was stopped while I was still going about 50 MPH. A bunch of testing later they said I’m narcoleptic. Sometimes I notice it more than others and if it is really bad they can prescribe speed to keep me awake but I prefer not to be high all the time so I use a natural approach to it. It’s kind of the least of my medical worries so it’s become a punchline for jokes more than anything.

      I say we take over the world!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I get the reluctance to take amphetamines. I’ve been taking dextroamphetamine for almost a year now to help with my depression and I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised – it helps me function better but doesn’t leave me feeling wired or high or anything like that. I hope you’re able to come up with something that helps you!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: