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Thursday, May 24, 2007

I Promise Never To…

OK…I think we here in BlogLand all need to get together and take an oath never to write another post dealing with insomnia. Why you may ask? Well…my sleeping habits have been much improved lately…that is… until last night. I’m chalking it up to Patti’s blog yesterday about her inability to get a good night’s rest. Now I’m in no way blaming Patti…after all, I’ve written about my lousy nights a number of times. It’s just that I think the power of suggestion, when it comes to insomnia, is just far too intense and it becomes terribly contagious far too often.

What can I say about last night??? We crawled into bed around 10:15PM (Hubby designated this “go-to-bed” time years ago), watched a little of the 10:00 news, and then Hubby turned off the lights…and that’s when I turned on my brain. Now I didn’t mean to turn it on…it just sort of happened. Suddenly my thoughts were bouncing from one topic to another…picture a billiard ball careening off the walls of a billiard table. Let’s see…I wondered about our trip, our plumber, my mom, Hubby’s mom, our suitcases, golf, Bravo’s TV show “Shear Genius,” author Janet Evanovich, the city of Santa Cruz in California, Cedar City in Utah…you name it, I thought about it last night. I think I finally managed to stop thinking and get some sleep around 4AM but then, for some ghastly reason, my eyes popped open at 5:00 and I’ve been awake ever since.

So…is everyone willing to make this commitment? If so, let’s all raise our right hands and promise never ever to write about insomnia again. Good!

17 comments:

Toni said...

That is the one thing I have never suffered from. Knock on wood. I'm like a kid- if I get still I will fall asleep. Anywhere! Hope it gets better!

Special K Family
Being An Air Force Wife

the moose buyer said...

cousin, we both know that I have NEVER, EVER had this particular problem. I can promise but I am sure having insomnia will never appear in one of my blogs.

patches said...

I've never suffered from insomnia. Oh the joys of cat napping eight or ten hours a day. The other house occupants aren't so lucky...

Pam said...

Welcome to my world.

*sigh*

Night time is the worst for turning off my brain! I wish I could just take it out and put it in a glass of, well, brain cleaner (?) on the night stand, kind of like a pair of dentures. Um, what were you thinking about Evanovich? The latest Plum book is due out soon - always a fun summer read. But you already knew that.

meno said...

Sorry, i can't make this promise. we should have gotten together last night as i was up at 4 am too.

I hate insomnia.

Patti said...

but it is a topic most of us can relate to.
I don't get it often, but as you know when it happens, it sure stinks.
And gives me something to write about.

Susie said...

There will be many silent blogs if they all keep this promise. After hurrying around after grandkids I rarely have trouble falling asleep. Staying awake? Quite another issue!!
So, just curious...Why Santa Cruz?
:)

Patti said...

And our blog friend Michael still has more episodes of "Insomnia Man" to send out to us...

Michele said...

Oh I really hate it when the mind does that at night. And you tell it not to do that. Yet, it does it even more as if it's mocking you and saying, "I can do anything I want to and you can't stop me." So it continues its nighttime trek even more aggressively because it KNOWS you want to sleep. Aaaargh.... sleep deprivation is not pretty when you need to get up and attend an important function. Tonight will be better, I'm sure.

PEA said...

I've had my problems with insomnia in the past but touch wood, lately I've been sleeping soooo good. Hmmm...you do realize if I don't sleep well tonight I will have to blame you for bringing this up???? hehe xoxo

Lynn said...

I woke up at 4:30am...ah, but you were finally asleep then. (sigh)

Joan said...

Toni: How I envy you.

Moosebuyer: Apparently insomnia is not a genetic thing.

Patches: What I dont understand about last night is that I didnt even get a cat nap yesterday so it wasnt like I'd already had enough sleep...most curious.

Pam: Ooooh...brain cleaner...if only it existed. And I was thinking how unfortunate it is that Janet's book wont be released until after our trip...I was hoping to read it on the plane...sigh...

Meno: Next time I'm up at 4AM, I'll look for you!!!

Patti: Yep...it is a topic for posting and sometimes it's the ONLY topic my tired brain can come up with. Oh and thanks for reminding me about Insomnia Man.

Susie: If I only had grandchildren to chase, maybe I wouldnt be such an insomniac! Oh...Hubby and I love the Santa Cruz area and I've recommended to my Sis this year for her family's summer vacation.

Michele: The anxiety of insomnia does in fact only make it worse. All night I kept saying "I have to get some sleep, I have to get some sleep."

Pea: I did actually hesitate before posting today fearful that I might cause some other poor soul a sleepless night.

Lynn: I think we need to get our internal clocks synchronized...that way we can call each other in the middle of the night!

Linda said...

I haven't had a good night's sleep in so long that it doesn't matter what people post about! It takes me forever to fall asleep and then I seem to wake up every half hour or so after that. By the time 5:30 rolls around and it's time for me to get up, the only thing I want to do is snuggle down under the covers and sleep, sleep, sleep!

Renee said...

What was with last night? I had a rough one too...but I don't think mine lasted as long as yours.

I hope it doesn't happen to either of us again.

Patti said...

so Joan, I don't think anyone will be able to take that oath, do you?

Vancouver mermaid/Montreal photographer said...

Hey... I just left a comment, blogger ate it!

Joan, I'm here to give you the heads up. I'm changing my blog to private. I'd love for you to still be able to access it.

If you'd like that as well, just leave me a comment, I can add your email address to the "approved" readers list.

If not, take care blog buddy,

Michelle

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i was like that last year and it was awful! that is when i found blogs and started my own little muffin53, in the middle of a sleepless night! hoping yours gets better soon, mine finally did...

smiles, bee