Saturday, February 18, 2017

CATCHING MY ZZZ'S


I envy my husband. He has the ability to do something,
I can only dream about. He can fall asleep at the drop of a hat, while I struggle with bouts of insomnia. Nothing fazes him. Lights on or off... television blaring, radio playing, once he makes up his mind to rendezvous with the sandman, off to dreamland he goes! Eyes shut and he's out, just as simple as that. Week after week, night after night, I JEALOUSLY lay, wide-awake, listening while he snores. I toss and turn. I get up, lay back down. I get online. I read a book. I throw fake mice at the cats and play, drink a cup of cinnamon tea until it happens. When I manage to drift off, nothing aggravates me more, than being rudely ripped from sleep, once I finally manage to doze off! Yet it happens over and over again. Cats still think it’s playtime and interrupt my sleeping more often than not, in bed. So I post an imaginary DO NOT DISTURB SIGN on my bedroom door and telephone between 7-10 am. After racking up those countless, sleepless hours, at night... I can finally  catch my ZZZZZ's, retreating into a heavenly slumber while my husband keeps the cats busy chasing him around. Thank goodness. Survival of the species requires a certain amount of down time...so I take mine WHEN I can get it! Do you fall asleep easily? And do you stay asleep. 


16 comments:

jack69 said...

No I do not fall asleep easily. When I am writing, like lately, I stay busy until 1 or 2 AM and read a chapter in my latest Balcacci and then I slip off.
I have known two people who seemed to be able to find sleep about like a light switch. THAT is not me.
Good subject I enjoyed the read!

Mevely317 said...

I've no problem falling asleep (usually on the love seat) ... but have developed this awful habit of waking between 2:30 and 3 ... trying to solve all the world's worries.
My DH must be kin to your hubby! ... But when I go to wake him he'll say, "No, I'm NOT sleeping." Geeze!

Red Rose Alley said...

Taryterre, ever since my kids were babies and I got up to nurse them, I still wake up every few hours. I don't remember the last time I got an 8 full-hours sleep, but I usually can fall back asleep pretty easy unless something's on my mind, and I end up getting about 8 hours of sleep. I feel for ya. Everyone's sleep pattern is different. Have you tried Chamomile tea? It might help. Also, try watching tv in the middle of the day, and if you're really tired, I bet you'll fall asleep during the program. : )

Take care, and try to get some sleep.

love, ~Sheri

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I have had trouble sleeeping for many years now. I finally had to get a prescription because it was making me so miserable and grouchy!

Paula said...

I think it's kind of a man thing. John is like your hubby. I sleep well a few hours then I'm up for maybe two and then back to sleep. I have come to the conclusion I may as well accept it so I do laundry, straighten the house or play word games on the computer during those sleepless hours. In the day if I get sleepy so matter what time it is, I nap.

betty said...

No I don't fall asleep easily unless I have a glass or two of wine :) I can wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble getting back to sleep. I envy babies and toddlers that can get morning and afternoon naps. They resist them, I would love a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day :)

betty

Jon said...

Your nights sound EXACTLY like mine. I've had insomnia as long as I can remember...and I am a hardcore night owl. I don't exist during the day.

And - whenever I do manage to fall asleep - the cats inevitably wake me up. My cat Scruffy especially enjoys interrupting my sporadic slumber.

Ironically, just like your husband, my father could sleep at the drop of a hat. One time he actually slept through a tornado (I'm not kidding).

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i have always had sleep problems. i sleep for 5 or 6 hours and that is it.

Forty Pound Sack said...

no, ma'am, I do not sleep well. I have been insomniac since I was a kid and consider myself lucky to get more than five hours a night ~

Angela said...

I typically sleep well, but will go through spells where I have a hard time going to sleep. In those cases, I turn to Nyquil. A little swig will knock me out just right. =)

Hope you have a restful week!

Walking the Bean said...

I used to have so much trouble. My medical doctor actually has me doing some holistic breathing,{see my 11/13/16 blog entry} and it has worked wonders for my sleep! And it's very simple just in 4 counts and out 4 counts {make sure TV, computer, and phones are OFF}...so often we forget how to do the most basic things...and I LOVE your pile of cats!

Lisa said...

as soon as my head hits the pillow, im out.
However, I have been suffering with ringing ears and im not sleeping well at all. I may have to get a soumd machine.
Lisa

Danielle L Zecher said...

I used to almost always fall asleep easily, but lately it has been harder for me. We've started keeping our bedroom door closed and that helps. With six pets, even if each one only wakes you up once that's still a lot of waking up. Nick also works a rotating schedule and we seem to wake each other up less if we keep the door closed.

Mildred said...

Like so many, I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.

My husband is diagnosed with narcolepsy, so his rest is not good either.

We just try to rest when we can. We have 5 cats so I understand about that, too! lol

Susan said...

Sorry, Taryterre. I sleep like a Redwood tree UNLESS something is bothering me. Then, sleep is interrupted. Hope you sleep well tonight. Thanks for your comments and visits to my posts. Love them. Nighty night. Susan

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I have a hubby like that. He can sleep anywhere, anytime. I am a night owl because if I go to bed early, I can't sleep. When I do get to sleep, you can bet one of the cats will wake me up too early. I can't shut the door on them, because they will rattle the door all night to keep me from sleeping. And often they get in my face when I'm sleeping and knead my chin or neck and wake me up! Can't live with them and can't live without 'em. :)