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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another Sign of Aging

My sleep is all messed up now.  I am sleeping 2-4 hour naps around the clock.  Buddy is completely worn out by this schedule and I am not doing too well with it myself.

I remember hearing that "old people" shouldn't nap because then they might not sleep all night.  Hello.  I've got that but what do I do?  I have no idea how to get it straightened out.

If I resist the urge to nap, I wander around like a zombie and when I do go to sleep at an appropriate time, I still only sleep the nap hours.

Of course, since I am retired and living alone - except for Buddy - it does not really upset anyone else.

It seems like I've been fighting for a decent sleep schedule for a very long time.  I don't know whether to give up and just live with it or to keep trying to get it back to what we consider normal.

If this is my biggest problem then life is not to bad over here in the tree tops.



On the positive side, I ordered a dog shirt to ice dye for Buddy but the small was still to big for him and I had to send it back.  I'll continue looking for an "extra small, extra wide".  LOL.

Here are couple of pictures of ice dyes in progress.





22 comments:

  1. My sleep pattern is ridiculous too. I decided to relax about it and sleep when I need to. It works for me!

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    1. I think that is the best idea for me too. It is not upsetting anything but my sense of what I should be doing.

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  2. HI! I always heard it was normal to do that as we grow older. Didn't President Reagan nap?
    I thought I've heard that. If so you are in good company! Andrea

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    1. I don't remember hearing that about Reagan. I'll have to look that up. Can you imagine if I was running the Country of my schedule. LOL.

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  3. I have no cure for your sleep proble. I have read you should remove clocks from your bedroom so you don't lay there and watch the clock. Perhaps you need to prepare for bed by reading rather than watching TV. Play soft relaxation music. Maybe have a cup of hot herbal tea and a square of very dark chocolate (above 80%, 70% and below is considered candy.) Never napped until this last year & now I nap every day. I'm up squirreling around ar night listening to books and an afternoon nap keeps me from falling asleep too quickly.

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    1. My napping started after retirement. I felt like those naps were the best sleep I had ever gotten. I woke up feeling more relaxed. Actually the quality of the frequent naps is pretty good.

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  4. Your little Buddy is so cute modeling his oversize tee shirt. The look on his face is so funny. I laughed out loud at extra small, extra wide.

    I have been having similar sleep issues as you. Doesn't bother my husband. He sleeps at least 9 hours, sometimes wakes up briefly once, but goes right back to sleep. Lucky him. My little Fuzzy Pomeranian always follows me room to room all day and most of the night, but come 330 am, he's done and barely blinks an eye when I am up and about. He's just worn out by that time.

    I've decided to just try to work around the weird sleeping pattern. Mostly it is a problem for early appointments or anything that comes up before 9 am. That is in the middle of one of my prime sleeping times. I usually wake up at 1030 am . One thing about it is aggravating. Invariably, if I sit down and start watching something on TV that I really want to see, the next thing I know is that I am waking up and whatever I had started watching is over.

    I hope you can get some rest even if it is only in dibs and dabs at a time.

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    1. Oh my gosh. It sounds like the same thing going on over here. Buddy will follow me and give me that forelorn look like are we getting up again.

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  5. My husband has intermittent sleep issues as well. We have started going to the gym three times a week and working out pretty well...he is 69 and I am 60.... His sleep is normal on those days! If we skip a week, he goes back to four hours a night. Might help you to tire yourself out physically?

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    1. I think I do need more exercise. Buddy would certainly enjoy more walks. I'll have to start noticing if I sleep better after a walk. I know Buddy does. If I'm doing a craft project and I want him to leave me alone, I'll walk him so he comes back and gets in his bed.

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  6. I haven't had a good night's sleep since menopause. Aging sucks.

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    1. Don't remind me. That was the worst. Now I feel pretty good thinking about my new sleep pattern compared to menopause sleepless, sweating nights.

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  7. Yeah, that menopause thing.
    I actually went through sleep therapy at a sleep clinic associated with the state university. The cure was putting myself through a painful period of sleep deprivation and changing behaviors to include proper "sleep hygiene." It worked, but it was not fun.

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    1. Well I'm not going through anything that is worse than what I've got. By the way Olga, I'm still having problems getting your blog notifications. I just keep checking on you ever so often.

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  8. Me too. I recently got a fitness tracker and the best thing it does is that it keeps me moving during the day. Because I am more active, I am sleeping better. Like Olga, I had to go through the painful period of forcing my self to stay awake so that I went to bed physically and mentally tired. Not perfect yet but much better. Good luck. It is a beast.

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    1. Alright. You and Olga convinced me, I'm not going the rough route to reestablish my sleep routine. I can do my ice dyeing or clean my house any time of day. Walking Buddy is a little different but we have a yard so he can hang outside of the days we don't walk.

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  9. You are becoming the queen of ice dying. Buddy's shirt might shrink. Fun in the tree tops, hope the wind doesn't blow to hard. I have another friend who lives in a treetop house. She says the steps are a killer with bags of groceries.

    Sleeping issues seem to fftect us all. david takes Tylenol PM. Pain keeps e awake.

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    1. You are right about the stairs. Luckily my knees are working this year so I don't have much of a problem with them. However, I'll swear groceries are heavier than ever before - or is just the weight of their cost. LOL.

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  10. Oh boy.. such a hassle not to get good sleep. My hubby, since retirement too, started taking naps every day. He didn't always need them, but now he almost DOES or he feels funny. It's such a habit for him now. He says he gets his best sleep during his daytime naps.. and still goes to bed at about the same time whether he takes a nap or not.. but he does sleep all night, from about 10 until 7.. but by noon is ready for his nap. I never take naps, even when I'm sick. I'm a night owl (like you said on a blog post over at Simply Single Senior and that's why I came over to see your blog as I'm a night owl too)... I've always been this way, but the years of working I HAD to get up early for work and to take kids to babysitters, etc. but I hated it all those years. HATE getting up early.. I'm happy to sleep until 10 or 10:30 and hubby has finally gotten used to it, after a couple of years of complaining that I didn't go to bed when he did! In retirement, I want to just sleep with what comes normally.. and some nights if I feel wide awake, I may stay up until 4:00 a.m... still sleep until 10 or so and go to bed a little earlier the next night. Maybe just go with what is natural for you for awhile.. also there are alot of natural sleep aids out there. We both love Source Naturals Night Rest as calms us at night.. I take a PM OTC sleep aid also, 1/2 is all I need, as I like to get to sleep fast and hate spending an hour talking to myself! My mind won't usually slow down, but if I'm sitting in a chair watching TV, I almost always do what the other gal here said.. fall asleep through the entire show! Also.. physical exercise does help!

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    1. Hi Marilyn. I visited your blog and etsy shop. Love those little mini books and the rock garden around the tree was fabulous. I could have used that idea at my last house. I'm going to check out the Source Naturals. I used to take PM OTC when I was a working girl. Might need to try that again. I'm also having trouble watching TV - like trying to multi-task. Maybe that is another reason I can't slow my thinking down. Thanks for popping over. I'll be following you too.

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    2. Thank you for visiting my blog too! I've learned that if I watch too many crafting shows on YouTube before bedtime, I can't slow my mind down! I usually pay some solitaire on our TV and it puts me to sleep... so I get all ready for bed (brush teeth, potty) and then go play some more solitaire.. and when I start nodding off, I scurry down the hallway and right into bed.. that helps alot... also my all time BEST sleep aid is reading in bed! That always puts me to sleep.. trouble is.. now I can't do that as hubby already in bed and asleep and don't want to wake him up with the light... but when I'm alone, that never fails! I would say.. go with the sleep flow as much as you can for now. Take care! Marilyn

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  11. Boy, you sleep like my husband! He doesn't! I guess he didn't sleep the night through until he was 1 years old, and the issues are still there in his 50's. I take more sleep, so do the "falling asleep in front of the t.v." thing when I've been up too much. I go through periods of time where I sleep better and some where I don't. I can't see any reason for you to stress over it, unless you have somewhere to go, or a little person to entertain. Then, it would seriously stink to be so tired--those little cuties are like Energizer bunnies and never quit! Keeps you young, though.

    Now that I have internet in my new house, I've enjoyed catching up on your blog. I love the ice-dyed items you have been making. I feel your pain with the diabetes drugs. I had to make some changes when the old (better) insurance ran out! Yikes! But, I've got what I need now, so it's all good. I agree--if you don't have the ability to get the $400 meds--you simply don't have it! Right now, we don't have it. My blessed husband was on hold for 5 hours (I'm not exaggerating at all) before he finally got me what I needed (the Oregon Health Plan when the other insurance ran out). It doesn't cover a lot of things I had before, but I'm doing fine with what I've got, and thankful for it.

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