Stories tagged “insomnia”

  • Sleepless

    Cindy loved her husband, and the dog. She wanted to love sharing a bed with them both just as much. Sometimes she did; but, as she shoved aside the tiny body curled up on her back and burrowed her head deeper under the pillow that failed miserably as a...

    • Author: JMBauhaus
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • An Obscene Hour

    “Six-thirty in the morning is an obscene hour,” he says, staring out the window at the golden-lit trees. “It’s an obscene hour no matter which side of th day you’re coming at it from.” “Of course,” you sa...

    • Author: Byn
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Gamer

    I was awake staring at the screen until eye-strained tears blearied my vision and my muscles forgot to blink to clear them away. Stiff neck. Empty stomach. Twitchy mousefinger. 5:38am. I got up to use the bathroom a few minutes ago. But that was actual...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Jack and the Box

    His breath rattled from his throat, fogging the mirror on the medicine cabinet. Jack clutched the counter, white-knuckled, spilling pills onto the floor as he struggled to stay in the coherent world. The nightly battle between sleep and medication was ...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Quinine and Lime

    Til I’ve had a gin and tonic, I can’t sleep. I used to worry that it made me an alcoholic, but there’s something about the slightly bitter taste of tonic water mixed generously with dry gin and a twist of lime that calms the mind. One...

    • Author: Reiko516
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Elsewhere Memories

    He lay awake that night – listening to the sound of her soft, steady breathing – a gentle sighing as the rain fell like tiny feet running over the canvas. She was so like her it was uncanny – her smile, her laugh, the way she looked a...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Two-second Bubbles

    Brian woke up with a jolt, a film of saliva covering the left side of his mouth. “Five minutes until the end of class,” Mr. Faulkner announced. “I’ll be collecting your tests at that time.” Tests? Brian very clearly rememb...

    • Author: DSCarroll
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Haiku Week Haiku #3

    It’s almost midnight. My eyes reflect a white screen. Damn insomnia.

  • The Dream

    As I turned I saw her staring down at me. She reached out a hand and said something. I could not hear her, but I could see the words. Her beautiful lips mouthing her love for me. As I turned again my tears were carried off into the breeze. The ocean be...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Hello Peace

    Hello, Peace, It’s been a while Since you stepped through my door. Can’t say I haven’t missed you. Life without you’s been a war. Been up late, Excuse the bags That rest beneath my eyes. Your absence has disturbed my sleep Fille...

  • Insomnia poem

    It’s late at night & I can’t sleep I’ve switched off the light & I’ve tried counting sheep. That’s not odd for me, I’m from Aberdeen, where men & sheep are frequently seen. I want to go to the land of dreams,...

  • Take

    After the first time, he tried to get out, but that distracted him, made him forget what he was doing. Soon he’d given up and fallen asleep again, only to wake up in horror. Then, he tried pacing. But after a while he felt silly and sat down. Onl...

    • Author: Jason Month
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Thirty-Seventh Step

    The graphic designer walked dejectedly down the hall. It had happened again. He’d gotten another job with work that wasn’t his. But he couldn’t figure out who it belonged to either- he’d tried everything! Website after website c...

  • Still Awake After All These Years (A Tribute to Jack LaLanne)

    It’s 2am. Jack LaLanne is on TV, still selling that damn juicer. Dude’s got to be over 90. Funny; he doesn’t look a day over 75. Now, he’s juicing a potato. Seriously. Who the hell wants to drink a potato? Tasty, starchy potato ...

  • Dear Diary

    Dear diary. Well, the good news is that, after six days, I finally got some sleep. The bad news is that I passed out at work while helping a customer. It gets better. I woke up in the hospital. Apparently, I brought a whole shelf of canned goods with m...

  • Waiting

    That night, there was no cold. No cool breeze to tickle her the wrong way. No moon, to shine on her face and brightly, in her eyes. There was no one beside her, to toss and turn, to push and pull her away and close at a whim, to murmur and loudly snore...

  • Alone in the Middle of a City

    I lay in my bed in the early morning; 1:38 glares at me from the face of my alarm clock. My hands crossed behind my head, the ceiling hasn’t changed since I lay down. Thoughts run around and around my head, keeping me awake long after the rest of...

  • The Sleepy Insomniac

    I am exhausted. My eyes will not close. Shadows ring my eyes. I am too cold. My muscles are sore. I am dying of heat. It is way past midnight. My brain won’t shut off. Everyone is asleep already. I toss and turn. I want a sweet dream. My stomach ...

  • Coalition of Belly Dancers (Day 4) (late)

    There had been shadows dancing. She knew that much. She didn’t know if was her shadow but there had definitely been dancing. And shadows. Obviously. She let her head roll around as she woke up in a chair. Tied up. How strange. She opened her eyes...

  • Restless.

    Inside, the room was a paralyzing shade of darkness. I sat up in bed, unable to sleep. Insomnia is such a bitch. My eyes haven’t closed in about a month. The burning sensation disappeared, only to have been replaced with a sensation of agony. My ...

  • Sleeplessness

    I shuffled along, dragging my feet a bit. I was going to be late, but couldn’t seem to make my body move any faster. Finally reaching my desk, I peeled off my coat and threw it on top of the stacks of paper. George, looking away from his computer...

    • Author: Kay-Teaze
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Awake and Alone

    It was going to be another sleepless night. Swearing under her breath, Casey rolled over in bed, staring at her analog clock, lit by the moonlight that mocked her in the darkness of the room. 2:30. She considered TV … but Meghan was asleep in the...

    • Author: Michael
    • Posted over 5 years ago.