Not exactly night and day–but we are different. I’m usually, but not always– the guinea pig–the one who tries new things first. If all goes well– then my identical twin sister, Akwelle, might give it a shot. We have completely different interpretations of everything. We are more like complementary opposites–competitors, even. We absolutely do not complete each other–as some might think. We are individuals who just happen to look alike– twins.
Our mother, Alberta, has come a long way since her stroke– last January. She is recovering well–but she still compares herself to the self she was before. She has always had trouble sleeping. But since the stroke–it’s gotten worse. Tossing and turning at night-staying up–anxiously wondering when she will see improvement. My mom’s doctor suggested she take a magnesium supplement–an hour or two before bedtime. He said it would ease her into a more relaxed state–for a more restful night’s sleep.
The magnesium supplement is working out well for our mom. She still has to go to the bathroom a few times a night–but she is less restless, more at ease.
The other night– I was curious. I wanted to try the magnesium supplement. I told my twin sister, Akwelle, my plan. “I don’t think that’s a good idea–given your sleep history,” Akwelle said. My sleep history– what sleep history? I had no idea what she was talking about. Your sleepwalking! she said.
I had forgotten all about my sleepwalking episodes–once or twice in childhood– a few times in college and then once or twice after that. Maybe 5-6-7 times total. I have that under control– I don’t even think about it anymore.
Actually, by the time I told Akwelle my plan, I had already taken the magnesium. And– I was already sensing a change. Yawn, yawn. I was feeling very relaxed. Akwelle’s concerns did not even rattle me as I settled into a cozy, sleepy zone-dropping into a calm ocean of marshmallowy fluffiness–down, down, down–all thoughts exiting my mind– gone–blissfully asleep.
The next night– Akwelle tried the magnesium supplement. She said she had a great night’s sleep. Only– she dreamt she was the neighbor boy.