Moanin’ In The Mornin’ #socs

I was up at almost 1 AM today and considered writing this then, but I thought, “I’m tired, I think I’ll go to bed.” So I did, and at 5:30 this morning I was still awake. I got enough sleep to get by, and I have no plans to operate heavy machinery or drive (driving is operating heavy machinery, isn’t it? Why do they always say both?), so I’m not worried about surviving this.

Giphy, from which I got the GIF of Homer Simpson (and all my other GIF’s, come to think of it), is more worried about me than I am…

I appreciate Giphy’s concern, but really, I’m fine. Come to think of it, maybe I should have written this post last night. It might have helped me sleep.

I had the thought that maybe the problem was I used a different type of noise to fall asleep to. I’ve discovered that pink noise is the most effective to fall asleep to, at least for me. Last night I used the sound of a rain shower, and it didn’t have the same effect. So, back to the pink noise tonight.

Sadje, whose blog I read faithfully (and so should you), wrote on the same topic. For her, it was the thyroid medication she’s taking. In my case, I think I was just not sufficiently tired enough mentally to tell the voices in my head to shut up and go to sleep. I’ve also found that playing a few hands of solitaire helps a lot: getting into the flow of putting black queens on red kings and vice versa, ad nauseam is a great way to relax.

If it doesn’t get better by Monday, I’ll call the doctor. With my luck, he’ll tell me to sleep it off.

Linda is your host for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Now a word about Nytol nighttime sleeping aid. Nytol will help you get your Z’s!

And that’s “zees” and not “zeds.”

18 thoughts on “Moanin’ In The Mornin’ #socs

  1. Been there, done that, can’t sleep, and prefer the pink noise machine too! I hope since you wrote the post that you’ve gotten a few better nights of sleep. Happy Thanksgiving week to you and Mary, I hope your simple traditions you’ve shared together over the years continue to bring you joy!

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  2. Since taking a meditation class, all I do now, if my mind won’t shut up, is go on my journey, walking in the grass, looking at the mountains and smelling the flowers. I come across a wolf and then, a tiger followed by …zzzzzz.

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  3. I’ve been having some nights where I have trouble falling asleep because my brain doesn’t want to shut down. A little melatonin will usually help. I think my issue is hormonal though, as I think I’m premenopausal.

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  4. Sleep and I don’t have a great relationship either. I want to make up and be pals again, but sleep won’t have a bar of it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a website worry about the situation though.

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  5. Thanks for the mention John. Once the sleep is disturbed, going back to sleep is difficult. I’ve found ( on my daughter’s recommendation) that taking a hot shower helps. I like white noise for sleeping. Water and rain may induce the desire to use the bathroom more often πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. I just realized I hadn’t played Solitaire since I was a kid, so watched a quick game of it online and it came back pretty fast. Except we used to only go through the deck three at a time instead of every card. which meant you could lose easier if you couldn’t get to the rest of the deck.

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    1. The online version I linked to has a whole bunch of games you can play, including “Klondike Draw 3,” which is the way you’re accustomed to playing (and the way I do it). There are dozens of games available, including Canfield, which is the one I play a lot (watch the video if you’re interested; if I tried to explain how it’s played I’d really confuse you…)

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    1. My grandfather was a math professor, and that’s the way he’d fall asleep. I can sit and listen to baseball and be out in a few minutes, especially if it’s a pitcher’s duel; maybe I should see if the archive of all the radio broadcasts of games from last season is still out there on MLB.com…

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