Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In Utah I live in a very quiet suburb - up away from the regular noise of the city. In Istanbul, while I don't live in the center of the city, I live in a busy area, and in the path of the airport (notice the plane above flying over my apartment. So I'm always either getting used to sleeping through the noise of Istanbul or the quiet of home. It usually just takes me a day or two to adjust (thanks to doing this back and forth thing a lot of the last 6 years, between home, Rio, Delhi and now Istanbul.)
I used to rely on earplugs in the city, or when the weather is warm a fan or air conditioner, but now I can almost even sleep through the planes and call to prayer in Istanbul even when I'm sleeping with the window open. I can't decide whether it is proof our bodies can and do adapt to the lives we choose to live or if I'm just lucky. Note: when I say I can sleep through things, that only happens after I fall asleep, insomnia and I hang out a little too often for my liking.
What about you - do you find it hard to adjust to a different sleeping environment? What strategies do you use to make the adjustment easier?
Do you have favorite music you listen to when you are trying to sleep? My favorite is the soundtrack to Pride & Prejudice (the Keira Knightly version.) Including this amazing piece by Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Dawn. Pin It