Six Things That Can Keep Me Up At Night

Tonight’s Blogapalooza challenge

Write about something that keeps you up at night.

Do I have to pick just one?  Several things are coming to mind right now.


  1.  Coffee.  A few months ago I met up with some friends at a coffee shop in the evening.  I don’t really notice how much caffeine gives me a boost during the day, so I didn’t think much of it when I had a cup of joe at 6 p.m.  Big mistake.  I was wired.  It was 2:30 a.m. before I could finally call it a night, or should I say a morning?  As a side note, I’m typing this post from a laptop that I spilled a cup of coffee on a couple weeks ago.  Until it miraculously came back to life, I was kept up at night with fears that I had unwittingly destroyed my computer.
  2. A good book.  Sometimes a good read will entice me to stay up almost as much as a cup of coffee does.  While we’re on the topic of reading, anyone ever stay up late perusing ChicagoNow posts?  Just curious.
  3. Stress.  This one goes without saying.  However, I’ve found that taking certain vitamin supplements or diffusing essential oils at bedtime can help.
  4. A big trip.  If I’m going out of town, whether it’s by plane or a road trip, I never can sleep much the night before.  This is especially true if I have to get up earlier than I want for said trip, say four or five a.m.  Nothing like going through airport security to get you fully awake early in the morning, especially if you’re selected for a pat-down.
  5. Writing assignments.  As a freelance writer, I’ve sometimes been guilty of biting off more than I can chew, although that happens a lot less often now.  After staying up until the wee hours of the morning to meet an 8 a.m. deadline a few too many times, I’ve learned  some things about time management.  However, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the time a couple of years ago in November when I stayed up until 4 a.m. writing product descriptions, then watched the Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.  It was all the more memorable because it was entertaining enough to keep me awake despite the fact that I’d pulled an all-nighter.
  6. My husband’s cell phone.  He doesn’t turn it off at night in case he gets called in to work unexpectedly.  However, because he fears he’ll sleep through the phone ringing, he has his ringtone for work set as an air raid siren.  Try going back to sleep after you hear that going off in the middle of the night.

Ironically, writing about all the things that keep me up at night is making me sleepy.  I’ll have to go over this list again the next time I’m having a bout of insomnia.  Hopefully it will have the same effect.  Thanks for reading.  Sleep well.

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