Saturday May 1, 2004

Can't Sleep?

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

From the Late Night Edition of the Back Porch
::Insomnia, the Cure for Sleep::

Onesome: Insomnia--
Ever have it? Some do and some don't, but have you ever been hounded awake for that endless hour after hour with no hope of sleep? ...or does the very act of touching head to pillow put you out for the count?

Twosome: the cure--
Hey, if you do have the occasional bout or chronic insomnia, what do you do about it? Work? Read? Try cures? Hmmm... Did you ever find one that worked?

Threesome: for sleep--
Female/male, young/not so young, we all need varying amounts of sleep. What's your personal sleep cycle? Five hours? Ten hours? ...and if you had a choice, what would be your personal sleep cycle? ...and yes, "All day long" is a valid answer

Onesome: Insomnia-- Ever Have it?

Spouse is a head to the pillow and sleeping kind of guy. Not me. Sometimes I sleep. Sometimes I lie there, staring at the ceiling (or the inside of my eyelids).

When Spouse wakes up in the night, he often has trouble going back to sleep. It's rare that I wake in the night and can't go back to sleep. I'm usually able to go back to sleep at any time of day. It's the falling asleep in the first place that sometimes eludes me.

Twosome: the cure-- What do you do?

If Spouse has trouble sleeping, he'll get up and make notes about whatever is running through his mind. Or, he'll read a book, or email, or Slashdot. Sometimes he'll try sleeping in the living room for a change of venue. If I wake up in the night, I usually go right back to sleep. Even if I'm having trouble falling asleep, it's rare that I'll get up and do anything. Sometimes I'll get up and read for an hour or two.

When I was going through a period of having difficulty falling asleep, I tried a few of the over-the-counter non-prescription sleep aids. It turns out that most supposed sleep aids, e.g. Sominex, are just Benedryl! That's an antihistamine! The manufacturer is trying to take advantage of the side effect of antihistamines to make (some) people drowsy. Most antihistamines do nothing for me and none of them make me drowsy, so all that haappened that time was that I lay awake with a really dry mouth. Yugh!

I tried "Calms Forte", an herbal "remedy... it gave me much more active, colorful, busy dreams than even I get usually. When I made the connection, I stopped taking it! My dreams are busy enough (and sufficiently exhausting) without help.

Alluna (valerian-based) seems to help some. I have a bottle of melatonin but haven't tried it.

My best and favorite sleep aid is a cat. If a kitty comes and lies on my chest or snuggles into my cheek or shoulder, I will usually fall asleep easily and fairly soon. Feline sleep molecules (FURomones) — the natural sleep aid.

Threesome: for sleep-- Sleep cycle

My personal sleep cycle seems to be roughly 5 or 6 hours. If I go to bed at 1:00 or 2:00 and get up at 7:00 I actually feel rested. If I go to sleep at 11, I'm either very tired when I get up at 7 or I wake at daybreak, snuggle back in, and wake again at 9 or 10 (presuming it's a day when I can do that).

Most of the time, I don't do well at all if I have to wake to an alarm (duh). I'm much more rested if I wake naaturally.

I love afternoon naps. I almost never have trouble falling asleep when I take a nap (unless the cats don't come). It's nighttime that gives me trouble. I think my problem is psychological. When I wake from a nap, there's still part of today left. but at night, anything I haven't done today is left undone.

Finally, in answer to the last part of the question, yes, I would be happy to sleep all day long if I could. On rare occasions, when I have nothing else to do and am feeling especially tired (or the kitties are being especially snuggly) , I've come pretty close to sleeping all day long.

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