By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

It must have been a night when I was in the third or fourth grade when I went peered into the kitchen where my father was sitting, unusually sober for a change.

 

He looked at me and said, “What’s wrong? Can’t sleep?”

 

I nodded.

 

He said, “When you can’t sleep, don’t! People worry that if they don’t sleep they won’t be able to function normally the next day, but during the war we went for days without sleep. Not sleeping won’t kill you!”

 

He went on to make some suggestions, “Turn the light on. Read a book. Write something. Stay up. Most of the time you’ll find you get sleepy and then you can go to sleep. If you don’t, don’t worry about it. Just stay up and go through your day until it’s time to sleep again.”

 

And finally he gave me a word of caution. “Try not to take a nap until your next bedtime because that will screw up your sleep rhythm.”

 

Many years have passed since I used his simple advice and I’ve found that it works better than anything else!

 

眠れないとき

小学校3年か4年の頃、眠れなくって、珍しくしらふで座っている父がいたキッチンを覗いた。

 

彼は私に気付き、「どうした?眠れないか?」と聞いた。

 

私は頷いた。

 

父が「眠れないとき一晩中起きていけばいい人々が翌日ちゃんと動けないと心配するが、戦争中僕らは何日間も眠らないで過ごした。寝なくても死なない!」

 

彼は続けてアドバイスをくれた。「明かりを点けて、本を読む、何かを書く。とにかく寝ない。殆どのときは自然に眠くなるので眠れるようになる。眠たくならないときは心配しないで、あくる日の次の寝る時間までずっと起きる。」

 

最後に彼は注意点を出した。「次の寝る時間までに昼寝をしないように。昼寝をすると眠るリズムが狂う。」

 

父の簡単なアドバイスを受けてから何年も経ったが、睡眠薬や他の睡眠方法よりも一番効くとは解った。

By Billy Hammond (Copyright A.E.L.S.)

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English books published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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