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Old 06-25-2007, 09:47 PM   #31
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I'm 52, and I am feeling menopause mightily. I feel like if I move my head sideways, my brains might fall out. As a life long insomniac, losing more sleep is pretty hard to take (how many days can you go on 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night?). However, I am grateful that my husband and I retired early, and I have the disctinct advantange of napping (something I never did before) and being able to take extra exercise classes (something I did regularly one or two times a week most of my life, but now can easily make up when I miss a class, plus I walk many places I need to go rather than drive). So the great irony is that my face and mind may not be doing so well, but the bod is doing better than ever. I read 3-5 books a week, get those workouts in. But no, I'm not the woman I was at 20, 30, or 40. I'm lucky I can remember my husband and my dog's names. This is frustrating.

As far as loving silly things, I'm right there with you. My favorite music is ... old bubblegum. I have many friends who are in the single digets, many in their 30s, many in their 70s, and a few in the decades after, before and in between. Helping the elders and youngers keeps you going. I also have many friends from many different ethnic backgrounds and I actually manage to get my little gray cells going by practicing my entire few dozen words in different languages working.

I guess the bottom line is that there are days I feel older than God. The knees and hips hurt, and I can't remember anything worth knowing. But reading, getting out and helping others, exposing yourself to youth .... well, honestly it doesn't make me feel younger, but it does make me pretend to. My husband is older, and when he has an arthritis, bee attack, gout or diabetes attack (thank heaven, not for two years now) it adds years to my age. I always say it is easier to be sick yourself than to have a sick spouse. But I got him to eat better and exercise every day, and that took a few years off of my life.

My sis (pushing50) critiized my baby sis (late 30s) freind for wearing "old lady jeans". My sis is a marathon runner (a couple of marathons a year, minimum, and minis in between). Since I don't know any of them that well, I kept my mouth shut. But what is wrong with a pushing-40 woman deciding to be comfortable? Here she was, in the hospital, comforting us because of my mother's life-threatening illness.

Sometimes you just need to let go. Enjoy the great things that do come with being a bit older. Keep exercising, eat well, and cultivate good, interesting friendships.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:35 AM   #32
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In my mind I'm still an 18 year old. My body feels 33ish, though some days I'd swear it feels 60ish.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:47 AM   #33
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Wake UP

Is this age or what? I wake up at 5 every morning. Get the lunches, water the grass when needed and then try to wake up. Seems I am not alert until maybe 10 or 11. Do you think this is my age? Or not getting enough sleep? I go to bed around 11 or 11:30. My one brother tells me he is like that too.

There is radio show that has slogan AM in PM. Isn't that because not awake till PM? Boy wish someone knew the answer here. Really horrible feeling of not being able to wake up when you have to get things done. Anyone like this or we all alone here?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:53 AM   #34
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Don't know your age, I would say not enough sleep. I do need my 8 hrs. or Iam no good the next day, feeling tired.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:00 PM   #35
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Not enough sleep you need at least 8 hours.I need 9-10.The only time I have a hard time waking up is when the barometric pressure is going down I stay groggy for about an hour and feel sleepy during the day.I can tell you if its up or down just by how I feel.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:44 PM   #36
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I know when women go through change they have goofy symptoms to fool with and I mean strange. I had hard time falling to sleep then too and had the stupid 'sweats' that woke me up. Seems they would never go away.

I have hard time falling to sleep if everyone doesn't quiet down before 11. Sometimes they are out. I thought that is what it is not enough sleep. I resent taking sleeping pills but I know when I do I don't hear anything. Guess I am up tight about just nodding off.

I will just try to start going to bed before anyone else and see if this doesn't make difference. Do any of you take pills to fall asleep? My brother regulated with pills. Wake up pills, fall asleep pills, good mood pills, etc. Strange that they must work. Our mother lived to be in her 90's. Her mother only 72. Still had her mind too.

Thanks for your time and see if I can't turn a corner here about sleeping. My other brother his wife doesn't go to sleep till after 3 cause she won't take pills. My brother gets up around 5 too. Imagine what kind of life he has? Well he married her. She doesn't get up till 12.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #37
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Not enough sleep you need at least 8 hours.I need 9-10.The only time I have a hard time waking up is when the barometric pressure is going down I stay groggy for about an hour and feel sleepy during the day.I can tell you if its up or down just by how I feel.
Interesting how everyone is different re sleep. I only get about 4-5 hours - sometimes 6 hours, and wake up with adrenaline pumping. I almost always get up before the sun rises, & haven't used an alarm clock in years. Just wondering, if you are groggy from too much sleep, or inactivity? I'm not a doc, but 9-10 hours sleep sounds like a lot. Have you had a complete physical. None o' my biz, but too much sleep & still being tired during the day, sometimes sounds like depression or something else going on.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:53 PM   #38
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Wink

I think everyone needs to find their own sleep need, some more, some less as long as you feel rested when you get up. But Iam a big coffee drinker (lite) 1/2 caffeine, parents were too.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #39
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Caine...I think I know you well enough now to know that you are joking with that dating comment. Otherwise I'd have had to *shudder*.
lol, i was just thinking "alllllriiiight!" (in my best quagmire)

giggity.


i was pretty indestructible for my first 39 or 40 years, but i think my age is catching up to me. i am trying to remain immature to offset these changes.

it's worked up to now.




i've sacrificed sleep for work, and to be awake to play with my boy. it's beginning to take it's toll on me. after a good night's sleep of 6 or 7 solid hours, i feel like superman. (wearing a towel tied around my neck, and my tighty whities on the outside also helps)

but, after a day of manually shearing, trimming, and chopping hedges and trees around my house on sunday, then a day of standing in knee deep rough surf and constantly lifting my squirmy, squealing, greasy little guy over every wave, i'm pretty sore. i need to get back to skating and lifting.

so my answer to "do you feel old?" is "only if i have to stand up."
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:47 PM   #40
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I am 62 and I am not old, I love the same things as I did in my thirties, sports, good food, old dogs and cold beer.

I can't do some of the things I used to be able to do, I wouldn't want to do some of the things anyway.

I think the greatest thing about getting older is you don't have to worry about a lot of the things you did in your youth.

I think it was Bob Uecker (sp) who said if I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.

Just enjoy all that you have and don't worry, nobody is getting out alive anyway.

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