Fish

So before you decide to not actually read this post at all because you’re imagining hugging a fish when you go to sleep and having it die in your arms, I am not suggesting that you actually sleep in a bed with a fish, only that you may sleep near your fish tank. There is something so very calming about listening to the gentle murmur of a filter (unlike having to call a roof repair service), and basking in the low light of the tank as you fall asleep. Especially if you have an expensive light on which you can change the colours around and turn it kind of a moonlight blue.

I know that some people don’t like fish; some people think that fish are boring. But I wholeheartedly disagree with that opinion. I could sit for ages watching the fish that we have in our tanks at home. They each have their own little tendencies, depending on breed and even on the personality of each fish. I can imagine that people might argue that fish do not have individual “personalities,” per se, but rather habits, and I say fine, call it what you want. I like to think that they have personalities. Anyway, once you learn the tendencies, or whatever you want to call it, of each fish, it becomes even more enjoyable to watch them swim around and do their thing.

And it’s so relaxing! If ever you’re having trouble sleeping and you happen to have a fish tank, go hang out beside your tank and watch your fish. Their languid movements make them look so carefree that it will likely start to rub off on you. We have three fish tanks at home, two of what you might call regular-sized fish tanks, and one really large one that we’ve set up at the end of both of our couches, so that if you’re sitting or lying on either one, you can very easily watch the fish.

One of my favourite things to do is to sit on the couch in the morning with my cup of tea and watch the fish. In the morning, right when they’re getting fed, or about to get fed, they can be wonderfully rambunctious. But at night, when it’s time for them to go to sleep, they calm down, swimming aimlessly around the tank, back and forth, back and forth, and they can lull you to sleep faster than counting any sheep could, if you let them.

So don’t right off a fish tank so quickly! They’re upkeep, sure, and the responsibility shouldn’t be taken lightly, but, especially if you have trouble sleeping, this might be an answer for you. Imagine sleeping by a babbling brook in the moonlight, except without the bugs or the possibility that a stranger will walk by. And to enhance the experience even further, as I suggested earlier, if you’ve got a little extra cash to throw around, maybe spring for a light that changes colour so that you can turn it blue and turn the tank into a little nightlight.