hey cheryl, how come you write stories in your sleep?
Hi, my name is Cheryl Beer. I am the Sleeping Storyteller. I write stories in my sleep. Lot's of people ask me if there is a physical reason why I write stories in my sleep? The answer is, yes.
Since suddenly waking up with hearing loss two years ago, my deafness has left me with two conditions known as tinnitus and hyperacusis. These conditions are different in everyone but for me, it means that there are loud ringing and whizzing noises in my head, all the time. During the day, it is easier to live with the noises because I have my hearing aids and I am busy doing things, but at bedtime, I have to take out my hearing aids. This makes my tinnitus in particular, very loud; it is as if someone is playing an ambulance siren inside my head. As you can imagine, getting off to sleep is quite a challenge for me and once I am asleep, my tinnitus keeps waking me up.
When I wake up through the night, I am very drowsy, sort of not asleep but not awake either, and at these times, I pick up my mobile phone from my bedside table and start recording little stories, poems and sometimes songs. They are always hopeful and healing. I never remember having spoken them into my phone and it was quite by accident that one day, I happened upon, literally 100's of them. I now spend my time helping others by sharing these lovely little stories through my telly program at Showboat TV, my teeny tiny books, audio books and by appearing at Events &/or running storytelling sessions/workshops.
The most important thing about my story is that even though a terrible thing happened to me, something very beautiful has grown from it. This has taught me that however bad the storm seems, there is always sunshine, just around the corner.
Sending you lots of love, dear ones,
Cheryl, The Sleeping Storyteller.
Many of my Storytelling Characters are handmade from recycled materials by www.folksy.com/shops/WittyDawn