Do you have ASS?

I don’t want to cut my fu..king ear off like Van Gogh.

Instead, I spit on creativity when I can’t sleep. (Not really. I love creativity)

How do you bloggers and authors, when your cozy and warm in your bed, stop thinking about what to write next when all you really want is to sleep?

I close my eyes and my mind keeps formulating words, plot points, better dialogue, better descriptions, an idea for a new novel. And now that I’m blogging? ASS is getting worse.

Those of you, like me, with ASS (Author Sleepless Syndrome) what do you do?



45 thoughts on “Do you have ASS?

  1. Since I primarily write political commentary these days, I am plagued by thoughts bouncing around in my head day and night. Sleeping more than 1-2 hours at a time anymore is rare. How do I turn it off? I don’t really. A glass of wine at bedtime helps, and sometimes I can picture a lovely log cabin in the Smoky Mountains with a creek … and a Black Lab named Harrison Ford … and it helps, but as soon as I doze, BOING … some errant thought returns to torment me! So no, there is no cure … 😀

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  2. I have had this problem, too! It’s brutal!

    The thing that helped me the most was cutting all caffeine out of my life. Drastic, I know. I thought I could not function without my coffee and chocolate. But a couple of years ago I got so sick that I could not tolerate anything on my stomach, other than cold water. After two or three days of nothing but water, when the miserable caffeine withdrawal headache finally went away, I felt so calm, so peaceful, so…. awesome!!! I have been able to fall asleep and stay asleep very easily, ever since.

    So now I only drink decaf Earl Grey and stimulant-free herbal teas. I love chocolate and I love a good strong cup of coffee, but I love peace and happiness and sound, unbroken sleep, even more.

    The other thing that helps me a lot is snuggling with our two rescue dogs. Our fiesty little poodle boy and our sweet big boxer girl love to cuddle.

    I found you through OM. Good luck, and sweet dreams. 🙂

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  3. Pray that the sleeping 😌 pills kick in.. if not I’m thinking all night long.. sometimes I get up and write.. other times I put ear buds in and listen to the Bible and eventually I fall to sleep..

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  4. My only remedy for ASS is to have a pad and pen on my beside table. I quickly jot down some key word(s) to help me remember my brilliant thought. Knowing there is a clue, I can often relax and go back to sleep. Sometimes what I scribbled in the dark is actually legible, and occasionally it even makes sense! So I don’t have to kick myself in the a– (have you ever tried that? Very awkward) for either not saving my midnight maundering, or for losing hours of sleep for what turned out to be something that was ultimately rejected in the harsh light of the computer screen. Cheers.

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  5. One thing I have noticed is that once you are immersed in writing, day and night become like one long mixed slur.

    I don’t really have a solution for you, but I encountered this excellent health guide blog with a nice chart teaching us how to synchronize our schedule with our body clock. Basically melatonin production starts at 21:00 and ends at 7:30, and you are most alert and active between 10:00 and 17:00. So maybe you could try and sleep at 21:00/22:00 and let the melatonin do the work. Melatonin secretion starts when our body senses less light, and blue light causes alertness. Thus, stay away from blue light at lease 3 hours before sleep time. My suggestion would be to rely on lamp light and turn off the tablet/pc at 19:30 and just listen to music and relax.


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  6. I function better when challenged in travel. I love to travel, sometimes even to arrive. My last ‘straight eight ‘ was after a 670 mile day last week to visit my son in Colorado. I go into what I call ‘absorb mode,’ a kind of now thing when here. I notice and resist roadsides while steady in the zone of survival driving. Dreams run steady throughout the night but that is pretty much always. Sleep is definitely the pay off.

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