My brother couldn’t sleep. When we were kids, he would wake me up in the middle of the night and request that I tell him stories until he could. I think I started writing because of my insomniac brother.

There is nothing worse than having a sleepless night. The rest of the world slumbers in peaceful oblivion and you’re left behind, staring at the ceiling.

Maybe you’re worried about all the things you have to do at work tomorrow. Maybe you have a condition that causes you pain. Maybe someone said something rude to you and you just can’t let it go (after-the-fact, middle of the night “I wish I had said that” comebacks drive us all insane). No matter what the reason, insomnia is evil. The next day, you don’t only feel tired, you feel angry, nauseous and just not all together together. Like the insomniac narrator in Fight Club said, “when you have insomnia, nothing’s real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.”

I have it on good authority (my mom) that one way to combat insomnia goes like this: if you are unable to fall asleep within 15 minutes, get up, go to another room with soft lighting and read a book. Don’t turn on the television or any sort of music. Reading a book will take your mind off the irritating things of the day and, hopefully, calm you. You don’t want to watch television or play on your iPad because, as Sleep.org tells us, “electronics emit a particular type of blue light that is capable of triggering the brain to stop making melatonin.” Melatonin, if you didn’t know, is a neat little hormone that helps you sleep.

I stay in bed when I can’t sleep. I take deep breaths and picture a blank wall (I usually color it a gentle hue). I pretend that I’m in an art gallery, actually. When thoughts about work or my infuriating boss (Hi, Bill!) intrude, I visualize velvet ropes and focus on the blank wall. I keep distressing thoughts at bay and give myself a self-esteem boost by being a virtual VIP.

Of course, there’s also warm milk. It’s not just an old wives’ tale that warm milk helps people fall asleep. Tuck.com informs us that “milk contains tryptophan.” You know when you get tired after Thanksgiving dinner? Yup, the same chemical present in turkey is also in milk, warm or cold. So before you try Tylenol PM, give a nice glass of milk a try.

There is a myriad of things that can keep you up at night. However, if you meet with one of our wonderful Bourke Accounting specialists, at least one of those things can be taken off your Hit Parade of Stress. Seeing a Bourke Accounting associate means that you won’t have to worry about your financial affairs. Our Bourke Accounting experts won’t tuck you in at night (well…), but knowing that your bookkeeping and accounting needs are in very capable hands should give you some very restful nights.

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon and pleasant dreams!

Written by Sue H.