Eric was busy staring at his iPad as Lisanne, his wife of 11 years was getting ready for work. She was a registered nurse at the Duke Medical University Hospital. It was one of those days when she had to work night shifts. The hospital paid extra incentives for its RN’s who worked at night. They both had struggled a lot when they were new to Chicago.
“Honey, I’m leaving for Duke in 20 minutes. You need anything?” Lisanne asked Eric.
“Baby, come here quickly. Just see what I found?” Eric beckoned his wife.
“Ughh, what now? Eric, I’m already running late.” Lisanne riposted.
She sat next to him as Eric showed her the video of how to fall asleep quickly in 60 seconds.
“Eric, not again. You should put these devices aside and try to get some sleep,” she said.
Eric was suffering from insomnia. It had been years since Eric slept peacefully.
But sleep never beckoned him however hard he tried.
“Lis, the guy in the video says that we need to release stress from our arms and limbs through some breathing exercises,” Eric told.
“So, I am going to try these breathing exercises and see if it works,” Eric added.
“Honey, I am really running late for work now. You try to get some sleep, Okay?” She planted a kiss on his lips and left for the hospital as the clock struck 10 at night.
Eric was performing the steps mentioned in the video. Eric was happy today as he thought he found something that he was searching for ages.
The next morning, 8 AM.
Lisanne walked upstairs. She was rummaging her bag for the house key as she didn’t want to wake up Eric.
Hope Eric’s new therapy helped him, she thought as she finally found her house key.
She turned the key in the lock and opened the door. She stood there speechless, her mouth agape.
Eric was sleeping on the bed. She hadn’t seen this in view for ages. She was happy for him.
“Eric, honey, wake up,” she said, “Look, what I got for you?”
She had got Eric’s favourite cheesecake from the Martin’s.
She quickly changed her dress and saw Eric slept peacefully like a newborn baby.
“Eric, Eric,” she called him again.
She went closer to him and saw that he was not breathing. He had indeed fallen asleep in 60 seconds. She screeched at the top of her voice as she saw her husband sleeping peacefully, forever and ever!
‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’