Some words about sleep

Our brains need sleep. We all know that. Some of us need more sleep than others, but none of us can survive without it. The internet tells me “The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours, or just over 11 consecutive days. Although it’s unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, it isn’t long before the effects of sleep deprivation start to show. After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate.” (www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep)

And so why, if my over-so-clever brain knows I need sleep, does it refuse to do its duty by closing down for the evening?

Deep dreamless sleep
Living to the 
beat of my own drum
Too tired to run
I just want to sleep
That type of deep dark sleep in which
Dreams do not invade 
Yes, that peaceful sleep.

I used to once,
When there was still innocence
And fewer monsters lurking
In the recesses
Laying in wait 
Ready for the chase.
But now there are just too many
Memories
Regrets
Ruminations
And recriminations
Disappointments 
Reproaching comments
Burdens too heavy to carry alone
Too dangerous to offload.

Waiting for the moon
I don’t sleep anymore
I simply watch the moon
Give way to the sun
And when night is done
I get up and push through the day
Until I can, once more 
lay
 in wait for the moon.
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