November 12, 2020

Google Search: How can I fall asleep?

Kim Simpson

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In Search of Sleep, 2020

On January 1st 2020 I shot a self portrait in my bed, where I can be seen scrolling through my phone expressionlessly. Having trouble sleeping, this is something which I did often, as thoughts in the night made me spring to life to take notes, to worry, or conduct research. There were simply not enough hours in the day or days in the week for the three jobs I had at the time, running a home, and life as a single parent, all while completing a masters degree. Since lockdown began, my life along with the majority of others was forcefully quietened, forcing a pause in my working life. Even with the worry of where my next work contracts would come from, or how I would pay bills in the long term, I was suddenly able to sleep soundly; an ability that had evaded me for years. Lack of sleep can have a disastrous impact on physical and mental health. The pandemic has taught us all the value of our health above all else. I am now listening to my body.