Monday, 7 September 2009
I need sleep!
Ramazan is playing havoc with my body clock....and not just mine...it seems to be affecting others in the village too.
I'm an early morning person, so no matter what time I go to bed, I still wake up around 6.00 am...sometimes a bit earlier.
There's a man in the house up the hill behind us. He is quite hard of hearing, but he does enjoy music, so plays it very loudly. I don't mind this at all. He's a very pleasant and cheerful man, and I think he deserves the pleasure he gains from his music...in any case he seems to like all the old traditional Turkish music..which I also enjoy so I don't mind listening to it. I usually go to bed around 10.30pm and read for a while. I hear him walk up the hill shortly after, on his way home from his evening visit to the teahouse, and minutes later he switches on his music. He invariably switches it off before midnight, and I go to sleep.
Since the start of Ramazan, he's been arriving home later...around midnight...and playing his music till about 2.30 or 3.00 am. I think he is probably eating also at that time, which means he then doesn't have to get up just before dawn to eat before fasting. So when the music stops, I drift off to sleep, only to be woken up an hour later by the drummer.
This also disturbs the dogs, so I have to get up to calm them down and stop them barking furiously...and whilst I'm outside I notice a fair number of houses in the village with their lights on...so obviously others can't sleep too.
I make my way back to bed, knowing I won't sleep, and even if I do I will be woken up at 6.00am by the dogs demanding food, and the shepherdess and her flock of sheep going up the lane.
I'm like a zombie during the day. The tiredness and the heat is sapping my energy. Sometimes I can manage a nap during the day , but it's not always convenient...particularly when it happens on the dolmus on the way back from Milas.
I went to bed tonight (last night) very early...at 9.30 and fell asleep immediately...but for some unexplained reason woke up suddenly just after midnight.. And do you know what? The man hasn't been playing his music tonight...it's deathly quiet...perfect for a good night's sleep.
But here I am ...wide awake!