I am on the staff at a university in Kuantan, which is a town on the east coast about 250 kilometers from my home town of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Usually on weekends, my colleagues would ring me up as we like to go around and visit the Burmese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. We have the three-lane Karak Highway with good R&R in three places along the way. The permitted speed limit is 110 kph, but expensive limousines speed along at more than 200 kph. We have at least three speed traps either way, but the owners of expensive cars just don’t seem to bother and usually drive pell-mell as if the highway belongs to their fathers-in-law. They regard the speed summons they receive at the end of each month as love letters, and there is a whole wad of them.
I find that if I have to drive the morning after a late-night movie, I usually get terribly drowsy within half an hour on the journey. And no amount of slapping the face, pinching the thighs, or pinching the sideburns seems to help. Once I dozed off unexpectedly and suddenly, and just as I forcibly opened my eyes, I nearly scraped along the side of the bund of a bridge. By the time I get on the highway, if I begin to yawn, I have to remind myself to stop at the next R&R and sleep for a while with the seat reclined. If this happens, I try to be extra careful and psyche myself to be well-aware and alert. The first sign that I might doze off during driving is yawning with the jaws opening as wide as that of an ass. Then without warning I doze off uncontrollably within a blink of an eye. That is how sudden and unexpected the condition is. So every time I intend to drive back to Kuala Lumpur, I make it a point to take strong tea (three tea bags in a cup) and sure enough, I am wide awake and driving without a yawn until I reach Kuala Lumpur.
So far, so good, on this long and boring journey and reaching Kuala Lumpur without any mishap. But, come bedtime, I’m still wide awake even after the late-night movie had ended. Getting into bed around 1–2 a.m. in the morning just makes me toss around in bed. Eyes may be kept shut but still cannot obtain the lebenty leben winks like Disney’s wabbit would say. Being a doctor myself, I keep away from any pill that would help me to sleep, as, sleep I would on the day I take the pill, but I would be walking around in my room while others would be sound asleep on the night I don’t take the pill. Which means I would be addicted to the pill. That made me google for an alternative way to put myself to sleep without the help of the pill.
Hey, eureka! I found it. Acupressure. That is what it is. I was very skeptical about it at first but when I looked at the url and found out that it is the result of research and experiment done at an American university, I tried using it that very night and I was amazed. I didn’t know when I dozed off to sleep.