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Old 02-20-2017, 09:58 PM   #11
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Even though I used to be a Night Owl, age and "arthur" have changed that. I've never been a daytime sleeper, in spite of from time to time having to work the graveyard shift or back-to-back shifts. My body thinks the only time to sleep is at night. I've even tried to make my sleeping environment quiet and darker than the inside of a cow to "fool" my body to think it was nighttime. Nope. No dice.

Now I have, on average, 8 hours of sack time, of which most of it is spent sleeping. However, with recent health issues involving both of us, I am now sleeping about 4 hours per night. Not consecutive hours unfortunately. One of my docs even has prescribed a sleeping aid, but it helps very little. All it does is ensure I fall asleep without any delay.

I usually lie down for about an hour in the afternoon to get some rest, but I don't sleep as I already explained. At least, being still and calm recharges my battery.

My sleeping issues aren't likely to change in the near future and I've accepted that this is the new normal and will make my way through it.

Sure wish I could fall asleep on a dime at a moment's notice like Glenn does. I swear he could fall asleep walking to the bedroom.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:05 PM   #12
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Funny, I almost started a generic thread the other night about how many pillows y'all use when sleeping. I have 3 pillows on my bed - being a lone side sleeper in a big bed, one pillow is for under my head and 2 are for cuddling. Great for winter, but a little too constricting for the warmer months.

I used to sleep 6 or 7 hours straight but the past few years, not so much. Sometimes I'll flip on the TV in the wee hours - I don't like to do that because I don't want to become dependent on it.

I love my pillow top on a rather firm mattress, works for me. Usually.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:10 PM   #13
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I have a studio apartment in an elderly housing building. So there is not much housework to do to keep me busy. And having Pirate here with me, what little there is, I am only to happy to let him do it. It keeps him out of my hair.

So I can't say that I am exhausted at the end of the day. Unless I have to go out for several hours. As a result, being in the house all the time I can take a nap whenever the need for one overtakes me. I have a foam-pedic mattress. I have no trouble falling asleep. When I am really tired, I can easily sleep for 10 hours straight. But then I am up for 12-15 hours straight.

I eat only when I feel the need to. Not by the clock. As a result, I have lost 165 pounds this past year. I feel a lot healthier.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with Dermatology. So right now I have to jump into the shower and get my clothes ready.
Addie, the BS meter is clanging..... if you are really the 4'7" you claim, the only way you could have lost 165 lbs. is if Pirate actually moved out.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:12 PM   #14
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Addie, the BS meter is clanging..... if you are really the 4'7" you claim, the only way you could have lost 165 lbs. is if Pirate actually moved out.
Hmmm. And I thought she lost a lot of weight a couple years ago.
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Addie, the BS meter is clanging..... if you are really the 4'7" you claim, the only way you could have lost 165 lbs. is if Pirate actually moved out.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:42 PM   #16
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It also helps, I guess, to have the entire bed - of your choosing - to yourself...
I love Himself dearly. Honest, I do. BUT...the best thing that happened for me when it comes to quality-of-sleep was him having bad back issues and then broken bones from a motorcycle accident. The first time his back acted up, he had to sleep on the floor. I got our bed all to myself...and loved it. Once his back was fixed, back to sharing the bed. Then he wiped out and my tossing and turning at night hurt him, so I moved down to the guest bed. Hmm, liking this sleeping alone. It got to the point that I moved down the hall almost every night when his snoring woke me up. Now, I start out in my own bed when it's time to sleep. Still love him, but once he's asleep there's not much else to do but sleep.

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Cheryl, my answer is "five". Two shoved between the wall and the side of the bed at the head so nothing slips between the bed and the wall, one off to the side with the first two (to cover my ears with if outside noises make it through my earplugs), and two under my head.

Now, foam? Or down? Some of my down pillows are from when I was a kid. Wash them regularly, dry the daylights out of them, and they'll last for-eve-er!
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:09 PM   #17
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I love Himself dearly. Honest, I do. BUT...the best thing that happened for me when it comes to quality-of-sleep was him having bad back issues and then broken bones from a motorcycle accident. The first time his back acted up, he had to sleep on the floor. I got our bed all to myself...and loved it. Once his back was fixed, back to sharing the bed. Then he wiped out and my tossing and turning at night hurt him, so I moved down to the guest bed. Hmm, liking this sleeping alone. It got to the point that I moved down the hall almost every night when his snoring woke me up. Now, I start out in my own bed when it's time to sleep. Still love him, but once he's asleep there's not much else to do but sleep.

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Cheryl, my answer is "five". Two shoved between the wall and the side of the bed at the head so nothing slips between the bed and the wall, one off to the side with the first two (to cover my ears with if outside noises make it through my earplugs), and two under my head.

Now, foam? Or down? Some of my down pillows are from when I was a kid. Wash them regularly, dry the daylights out of them, and they'll last for-eve-er!
Yes, quality of sleep is everything! My daughter and SIL are 40 and 48 - SIL is a firefighter and has to sleep at the fire station a few nights a week, plus they have 3 little boys ages 7, 5, and 4. They decided a year or so ago to do the sleeping part of their relationship in adjoining bedrooms....works out best for everyone.

Mostly foam, but I have a few down. Love them both interchangeably.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:23 PM   #18
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Insomniacs Thread...

I can be a bit of a night owl. We've got a really nice pillow-top, and DH sleeps with five pillows. I have two, one relatively flat but squishy, the other because I don't think he needs six pillows. When I can't roll DH over when he snores, I head to the guest room with my squishy pillow. It's our "travel room", so I may have to scoot the suitcases around. Only problem, I haven't found a blind that fits one of the windows yet so it can get a bit sunny in the a.m.

I'm a waker-upper too. Takes me awhile to get back to sleep.
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I hear ya, Dawg. I tend to be a night owl too, by nature. My largest bedroom window faces east and there's a big tree right outside. It's annoying when I'm sleeping peacefully in the morning and the sun and chirping birds wake me up. Other times the fickle me loves it.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:27 AM   #20
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Heh. When we have the windows open in warmer weather, the birds and groundsquirrels start their serenading at 5 a.m. I'm not really appreciative!
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