You Are (not) Getting Sleeeepy…

eyesDo you suffer from the modern-day dilemma called insomnia?

It’s just after midnight, and I’m still wide awake. Through time I have done all the things I’m supposed to do to fall asleep. I’ve taken a warm bath, sipped chamomile tea, listened to soft music. I’ve listened to no music at all. I have cut out caffeine during the day and take my meds in the morning instead of night. Except for right now, I am off the computer by 8; I’ve read books, tried meditation, boring movies, and total silence. I have picked up the pace of walking, both at work and after work. Tried carbs, no carbs; sugar, no sugar. Bedtime snacks. No snacks.

And yet here I am.

I’ve heard various statistics about those who suffer from insomnia. Without doing extensive research at 12:06 a.m., I believe about 60% of older people suffer from some sort of sleep interruption. Not too long ago I read an article that said that as you get older, your body rhythms change, throwing off your sleep patterns.

Surprise.

I have tried prescriptions, and even though I get a hard night’s sleep, I’m the Walking Dead the next day. So those are out. OTCs are more trips into Zombieland. There are dozens of articles on the Internet telling me why I can’t sleep, but that doesn’t change the fact that I can’t sleep.

Sooo…I prefer to think of this stage of my life as preparing for retirement.

I believe that somewhere in the cosmic timeline is a bend in the road; a crack in the sidewalk that says, enough is enough. The fifth dimension astro influence is saying: You’ve worked your a$$ off all your life, first getting up at all hours with your babies, then staying up all hours waiting for your teenagers to get home, husbands on second shifts getting home at 4 a.m., getting up for work at 6 a.m. for the past 45+ years — enough is enough. Us higher forms of consciousness are preparing you for the day you don’t have to get up to an alarm, don’t have to punch a time clock, don’t have to put data in a computer, or drive to and from work in blizzards and thunderstorms and fog.

Of course, the cosmos’ clock and my biological clock are two different things. The cosmos doesn’t get that I still have a few years left before I can sleep in and/or stay up all night. That I have bills to pay and obligations to meet before I can sleep till 10, have a cup of coffee on the deck, go for walks, play in the garden, and take naps whenever I want.

Did our parents have this problem? Our grandparents? Is it because we don’t work the fields for 10 hours a day that our bodies don’t work to their peak performance? Stress is always a factor. But our parents had stress, too. As did our grandparents. And so on.

It is true we are living in a whirlwind society. That technology moves faster than the speed of light, and if we don’t at least make an attempt to keep up with it, we become as rigid as the statues in our gardens.  With TV and movies and music blaring in our faces and politics boiling our blood and self-centered people taking over our every day world, it’s hard to slow down enough to sleep, no less breathe.

I know my retirement won’t be much of a slowdown. But I will let my biological clock take over, and go wherever the wind blows.

Until then, I’ve found some really cool gemstones on the Gemtopia Shopping Network…

 

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13 thoughts on “You Are (not) Getting Sleeeepy…

  1. I do wonder if insomnia was as bad in the past as it is now. Did you know there used to be a type of “medieval” sleep, where people would wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for an hour or so, perhaps taking part in prayer or socializing or sex? And then they went back to bed ’til morning! Almost makes me wonder if we were meant to wake up in the middle of the night, like i have been lately!

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    1. I think not falling asleep is as bad as sleeping an hour or two then staying awake for 3 more hours. Im sure these cases of insomnia are leading to other illnesses. Good thing there are boring things on TV 24/7!

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  2. I can usually fall asleep right away, but my problem is staying awake. I wake up several times during the night, and it’s often difficult to drift back to sleep. So I lie awake and worry about how tired I’ll be come 6:45 when my alarm goes off.

    I’m sure much of this is due to getting older, but I also wonder how much is due to the chronic stimulation I get from screen use throughout the day. I turn it off a good time before bed, but our minds are bombarded with so many images and inputs during the day, I wonder if this effects our ability to stay asleep. It’s like my mind suddenly snaps alert and getting back to sleep is a pipe dream.

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    1. I think I’m in the same boat. I work on a computer all day long, then want to work on my writing at night; added to getting info on my phone, no wonder I’m awake half the night. I also have trouble falling back asleep, but it’s not as big a pain in the _ _ _ as falling asleep in the first place. Maybe our eyes just need a rests!

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  3. I know exactly what you are talking about ! My husband falls asleep in seconds, so annoying !! I love gemstones, I have loads, I even make jewlery with gemstone beads. So fascinating to know they are millions of years old and can be found under the ground !

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  4. Ok if this is a middle age groupe problem, why can’t I sleep well at night! I am only 18!
    Hey, it was great reading your blog posts. Thanks ❤

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