Normally I fall asleep within minutes of my head touching my pillow. I say Ayat 255, Surah Al-Baqara from the Quran, and my eyes close. I like it better if it’s not bitterly cold, or hot outside, and I can let the window remain open to allow fresh air from outside.
I do have trouble sleeping if someone disturbs me, or there is loud music playing, or a lot of noise. Before sleeping I wash my face thoroughly, do a repeat cleaning of teeth, and do Wadu (ritual of ablution before saying the prayers). I say my prayers, switch off the ceiling light, and put on the bed light, change clothes to pj’s. A sigh of relief — finally I reach my bed.
Sometimes I have vivid dreams, and after waking up I may remember parts of them — not the whole dream. Nowadays even if I dream I forget what I dreamed about, unless it’s a horrific dream. Even then I may not remember the whole dream.
I have not dreamt for a while now, because I am not remembering any dreams. The last dreams I remember are from previous year.
I was sick having severe pain in my lower back, and left leg. I kept putting off a visit to a doctor on the off chance of the pain going away by itself. Silly — isn’t it? One day I was having more pain than usual. I mentioned it to Nola (my daughter). She wouldn’t gave till she ascertained that I have an appointment to go, and see a doctor.
Those days before I went, and saw a doctor, every night I would see my (late) husband sitting worriedly at my bedside in dreams. The day I took the medicine he stopped coming.
Wasn’t that strange?