Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Question of Sleep

 I've read lots of articles about sleep, in an effort to "get some." 



There are different schools of thought on the subject; for instance one article said embrace it when you awaken during the night, get up and do one little thing that is productive like organize a cabinet in the kitchen or something and then go back to bed and hopefully back to sleep. This method will make you much more productive; it's like adding an extra day to your life. Well, that's that one! 



Another article said that the most productive people awaken at dawn, when our biological clocks are in sync with the universe, and begin their day with things like reading all the news, jogging, going to the gym, etc. before they go to work or whatever. These are the people who go on to do "big things" like become rich and famous. So much for that! 





So far neither of these methods work all the time for me. How about you? I think it's naptime......enjoy your day!

Hugs,
Carol





18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am a light sleeper, awake at any kind of noise. My hubby is out as soon as he lays his head down. I wish I could sleep like he does. A nap is needed sometimes! Enjoy your weekend!

Carol Blackburn said...

Good day Eileen, I have had all sorts of problems sleeping all my life; from lucid dreaming even as a child, these times when I would hear a noise and bolt upright (like doing a sit up exercise) in my bed, this thing called "exploding head syndrome" (yes, it's a real diagnosis) where you hear a sound like something snapping in your brain or a knock of some kind and it startles you awake, to waking up every night at 3:15 a.m. or not being able to fall asleep at all. My husband, like yours, falls asleep almost the moment his head hits the pillow, or the recliner, or at the computer while listening to a video......anywhere. It's so annoying, ha, ha. For me, napping takes some effort as well and usually requires me to put some music on the TV and lay back and hope for the best. I will probably have to do that shortly in order to get through all the things I need to do later on this afternoon. I botched the breakfast today so Mike said we can go out to eat tonight. It all works out. Be blessed and thanks for visiting with me today.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I slept great until my first child and ever since then the slightest noise wakes me up. I blame "Mothers Instincts" and that seems to be why the men sleep okay....until the prostate runs start as they age!
My solution is to wear earplugs and I am trying Melatonin 10g. Things are better!
loved the Dr. Dyer link in last post❤

Debbie Nolan said...

Carol - I have certainly trouble sleeping - more so in the winter months. Not sure why. Fall asleep okay but wake up thinking it is time to get up and it is only 12:30 or 1:00 am - can't get back to sleep then. Perhaps it is a sign for me to try doing something creative instead of tossing and turning. Take care friend and have a great nap :)! Hugs

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Does getting up at dawn, drinking coffee and reading blogs count in the "rich and famous" sweepstakes?

Carol Blackburn said...

Thanks Julie. I tried Melatonin but didn't seem to work for me. Mostly what I do now is make sure I've eaten and brushed my teeth about an hour before I plan to go to bed so when I begin to nod off watching a movie I can just turn off the TV and sort of walk with my eyes half closed and fall into bed. I try to keep myself in that semi-sleep mode and sometimes it works. Ha, ha, ha.....it does look strange. Mike usually shuts down the lights and computers because I also try to fall asleep before he gets there or else is snoring will keep me awake. It sure is a challenge. Sleep well, my friend.

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Debbie, sometimes I think we have this trouble in the winter because of the lesser activity and time out of doors. We are just not tired enough so you go to bed and essentially just take a nap. I can see you painting at 1 a.m. Sometimes I put my headphones on and use my keyboard and practice the piano. Whatever works, right? Sleep well, my friend.

Carol Blackburn said...

Debra, well.....if it doesn't, it should! You've got the getting up at dawn when your circadian rhythms are in sync with the earth anyway. Maybe add a few blogs from people like Elon Musk (I hope I spelled his name correctly). That should do it! Sleep well!

only slightly confused said...

Can't sleep? Brain racing like a squirrel in a cage? Been there. I reach into my side table drawer and pull out my handy bottle of Melatonin..put one dissolvable tab under my tongue and relax. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It's all I've got.

hmuxo said...

I seem to have a problem posting lately so I will try again. Lol. This is a great post Carol... I sleep well on the couch but as soon as I get up to go to bed I’m awake!! As if it’s morning... however it would be 11pm!!! Getting up to do something is an option...hmmmmm!!!! Enjoy your day!!!!

Meera Rao said...

Exercise/ working out helps me - I fall and stay asleep if I have worked out about 45 mins and walked 10,000 steps and my body is just tired at the end of the day - I resent that I have to set aside that much time everyday but then at least I can sleep from 11pm to 5am most nights !!! And it also helps if I have had a light dinner before 7pm. Wishing you peace and good sleep !

M.K. said...

Well, you've hit on a subject that I've given much thought to. I'm a bad sleeper, a light sleeper. For 18 years I took a sleep aid (Benadryl) each night to help me. I sleep with a sound machine to help cover up outside noise. Usually my hubby still has to move to the other room at some point at night, if I can't sleep for his whiffling.

I often wake in the middle of the night. Did you know that this is age-old, common human practice? Before we got electric lighting, and everyone went to bed earlier, everyone knew what 1st Sleep and 2nd Sleep were. It was normal to wake about 2:00, get up, eat something, have a chat with someone, even go outside, or do a light chore, and then go back to sleep for 2nd sleep until time to get up. This made me feel better.

But if I get up and do stuff, it only wakes me up more. Sometime i never go back to sleep, and I find myself getting up at 3:00 several nights in a row. That just wipes me out! so now I stay in bed when I wake up in the middle of the night. And I find that I go back to sleep eventually, even about 5:00, but that gives me a couple more hours. I'm not a morning person, so I do NOT get up and do anything energetic at all, or even productive, for a couple of hours.

Carol Blackburn said...

Hubby and I were up last night while I checked the internet he played online card games then we went back for 2nd sleep. Snuggling works well!

Carol Blackburn said...

Thanks everyone!

Carol Schiff said...

I have had sleep issues my whole life. I found they are much better, since retirement, because I don't worry so much about what has to be accomplished the next day.

For me, the best thing I can do is read for awhile. I have to have something to rid myself of that racing mind , in the middle of the night. Good luck to you!


Lowcarb team member said...

I'm so sorry that you have sleep problems …
I occasionally have nights when I don't sleep too well but mostly I do get between 7 - 8 hours sleep.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Carol
Didn't know if you might find this article helpful?

Understanding Glycine
by Dr. Michael Breus | Health, How to Sleep Better

This amino acid enhances sleep and supports whole-body health

You might not know it by name, but the tiny amino acid glycine is hard at work in your body right now, maintaining strength and support in your muscles and bones, helping keep your metabolism functioning right, supporting a healthy brain, and contributing to a good night’s sleep.

For all its power to support the body’s health and natural capacity for healing, glycine has gotten strangely little attention as a natural remedy. Let’s take a look at some of what we know today about glycine—how it works in the body, and what additional glycine might to do affect your health and sleep.

More to read here
https://thesleepdoctor.com/2018/07/23/understanding-glycine/?cn-reloaded=1

All the best Jan

Carol Blackburn said...

Thanks Jan. I'll check this out.