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December 16, 2005

sleep? What's that?

That eleven-hour marathon snooze I took on Tuesday night either was: A) A complete anomaly or B) Enough sleep to last me a few days. Whatever the reason, I'm back in the old insomnia routine. I slept less than three hours last night. Now, it's damn near 3:00 AM and the sandman must be passed out drunk in a ditch somewhere, that sorry bastard, because he surely hasn't come by the Crackerbox to visit me yet. I'm beginning to believe that he's not gonna show up at all.

I'm gonna go for a walk to look at Christmas lights and disturb the neighborhood dogs again.

But it could be worse. I don't have to go to work in the morning. I don't have to worry about being struck by a lightning bolt hurled by an angry God because I am a blasphemous heathen. I also didn't stick my face in an electrician's ass today.

Best of all, I don't live in New Orleans. Just damn! That place still resembles a freaking war zone three months after Katrina put the whammy on it. I look at those pictures and realize that I am fortunate to be Sleepless Near Savannah rather than homeless in the Big Easy. Also, my life isn't this simplified, either.

I'm going to take a walk in the dark while I look on the bright side. Things could be a lot worse. Hell--- things have BEEN a lot worse for me in the past. I'm alive and I'm sober. I need to quit bitching about a little lack of sleep.

As one of my commenters said, I'll have plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead.

Comments

Have you tried melatonin? It's just a nutritional supplement...not a potentially habit-forming sleep aid. Melatonin is the hormone your body naturally kicks out at night to make you sleepy. As we age (or as we damage our bodies with whatever abuse, and I do mean WE and not just you), melatonin production goes down dramatically. It's thought that this is one reason why older people often have sleep problems.

You might try it. It works pretty good for me. I don't take it all the time, because it's not known whether or not long-term, habitual use will inhibit your body's natural ability to produce melatonin...but it sure is good when you get sick and tired of not being able to sleep. It doesn't seem to leave you logey, either, although I wouldn't recommend taking it three hours before you have to get up.

So good luck with the insomnia. It's a bitch for sure. While I agree with the statement that there's plenty of time to sleep when you die, I'll counter that by observing that a good night's sound sleep is a thing of absolute joy, and that everybody needs to get one more than once or twice per week.

Posted by: Anon on December 16, 2005 06:24 AM

Hope your sleep patterns return to normal soon. I know how it is, god knows.

Posted by: og on December 16, 2005 08:44 AM

"I'll have plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead."

The downside to that is that, now that you are sober, you're going to live another 75 years. God Help us all.

Posted by: Patrick on December 16, 2005 09:22 AM

Insomnia's great for sailing a short-handed boat off-shore. For about 2 days, that is.

Posted by: Arcs on December 16, 2005 10:15 AM

Hey, I'm a lonely old lady, I enjoyed the ass in the face!

you might wanna try it sometime ;)

Posted by: livey on December 16, 2005 10:40 AM

Ah hell, you will get into a sleep pattern eventually. When your body tells the brain that it has had of the shit it can take without a rest you will sleep and eventually it will get to be a habit. But, I've found that I don't need the sleep that I used to need-If I get five or six hours I am in pretty good shape.

Posted by: GUYK on December 16, 2005 10:55 AM

Cat don't you be drugging him up now!

Posted by: livey on December 16, 2005 05:44 PM

Actually, something that is less narcotic works....benedryl....my doctor's prescribed it and you can get it over the counter now. You may not want something that medicates in any way, but I fail to see any serious side effects from taking it. I use it only when I absolutely cannot and need to sleep.

Insomnia...many of us have it...I think especially those of us with 'input overload'...those of us who cannot shut off our brains...those of us that are worriers or a tad obssessive compulsive....you know what I mean......

Duh...I have to admit to a dumb mistake here...when I pulled up your blog from my favs...I suppose I went to an old post...(ok...so I was NOT paying attention...)..but it was about Dan Fogelberg...so I left a comment..ha!!...because I'd had a great DF moment in my life! I'm feeling a lil silly about now though...anyhow...I love 'relating' to your blog, and I am worried at the same time! Ha!!

Best of luck to you in all areas of your life!!

OH...btw...I just came back from Mobile, AL a couple of weeks ago, where damage is still visible from the hurricane. I did not make it down to the Gulf Coast, but I do hope to go back in the new year and possibly give some energy to helping with the clean-up. My sister in Mobile has done some volunteer work there and took her three children along to do their part. I feel it's a worthwhile experience. It's overwhelming the enormity of this disaster. Mississippi is my home state, so it seems fitting for me to forget my own misery and offer support for those who really know the meaning of that word. I would encourage any of your readers to consider doing the same if they have the desire and ability to do so. :))

Posted by: di on December 16, 2005 06:06 PM

Melatonin is a good place to start. It worked for me with no residual side effects and is OTC.

Posted by: Indigo on December 16, 2005 07:24 PM

overuse of Benadryl causes it not to work, too. trust me, I know this first hand. I was a total Benadryl junkie in college when I couldn't sleep for shit in the dorms. then one night it just stopped working. I could take two or three and nothing would happen.

now I work in a pharmacy and know all about how a lot of over the counter drugs and herbal remedies are only minimally effective. I still take a Tylenol PM (Tylenol with Benadryl) time and again, but I don't abuse it like I used to.

Posted by: girl on December 17, 2005 08:41 AM

Eh, I have given up on sleep patterns...I figure I may sleep when the kiddies go off to college or jail one. I pretty much sleep when I can...My husband works shift swing and it is a constant battle to sleep...I've tried everything from warm milk to Lunesta...none of it works for me...I just end up feeling groggy and sleeplessly tired. Wish I could offer some pearls of wisdom but all I can say is sleep when you can and don't force it...Those all nighters make the best bloggs...

Posted by: Steph on December 17, 2005 12:37 PM
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