Are you sleeping enough?

One of the services that I use to monitor the “world” of the internet is Stumble – I click on the Stumble icon in my browser, and it randomly jumps to a new website based on general categories I’ve indicated an interest in. I also periodically get a newsletter where they highlight some sites I might like based on reviews I have written on their previous recommendations.

One recent newsletter caught my attention with an article about SLEEP. Probably because the last couple of years I’ve had a real problem with getting enough. I am certain that I haven’t slept 7 consecutive hours in over 3 years, and there are whole months that go by (especially in spring) when migraines and arthritis pain tag-team to force 2 or 3 tries at sleeping to reach an accumulated total of 6-7 hours.

Anyway, this article was worth a careful reading to me, and I thought some of you might like it as well.


I’m a 1%-er!

Everyone knows what the term “1%-er” usually refers to – those people who have such success that they are in the top 1% of all income earners.  Well, that is NOT the 1% that I fit in.

But, I was taking a “quick survey” on the VIP Voice website a little while ago.  It was about how many hours of sleep you typically get at a time.  They had 4 possible answers.  After I made my selection and hit return, it gave each answer with the percentage of replies that chose it.

And that is where I hit the 1% segregation.  The people who chose the same answer I did account for only 1% of all survey respondents.  I don’t know if that is good or bad, but it is amusing!

A crazy dream . . .

The last time I slept, I had a dream that was “wayyyyyyy out there”.  Calling it bizarre would be a kindness.

In the dream, I was a professional assassin.  I was “usually” pretty good.  Then I got a job where I had a significant travel to get to the meeting for the details, and when I arrived in the area, I rented a car.  I put my “gear” in the car, in the trunk (or as you Brits would say, in the boot).

After the meeting where I got the assignment, I stopped to fuel the car.  While I was inside the service station paying for the fuel, a car thief nabbed MY RENTAL CAR.

Through the rest of the dream I was frantically chasing that car thief around trying to get my stuff back, so I could go to work.  LOL!

Synchronicity and best-laid plans . . .

About a week ago, I decided (or admitted) that I was probably drinking too much coffee, because it has been months since I have been able to sleep for 8 hours in one stretch.  Perhaps years, I’m not sure.  What I am sure of is that lately I’ve been on a cycle that goes something like this:  up for 12-14 hours, down for 2-3, then up for another 10-12. Rinse and repeat a few times, until exhaustion gets so extreme that you collapse in a restless mess for 12 hours, and wake up with a migraine.  Yes, that does figure into a cycle that is longer than a standard 24 hour day – hence a totally unpredictable schedule.

However, trying to do something about it has proved to be more of a challenge than I had hoped, due to some outside circumstances caused by

You see, most of the discs traded on Swap-a-DVD are used, so nobody in their right mind would order one and claim receipt of it on the site without first watching the DVD to be sure it isn’t horribly scratched/cracked.  Basic common sense, right?

So, just when I’ve decided to cut back on my caffeine intake, Swap-a-DVD notifies me of not one but 2 titles that I have on my wish-list that are now available, and I have enough credit on account to get them both.  One problem – they aren’t individual movies – they are full seasons of a TV series.  2 full seasons, consecutive – or almost 50 episodes, at 45 minutes (average) per episode, and they all came in at once.

Well, I got through the earliest season last night (well, early this morning, around 1 am my time).  I’m going to rest for a while, and probably start the next season tonight after my wife goes to sleep.

But, I’m promising myself that I’m absolutely cutting the caffeine starting next week.  *grin*

Oh, and one other update – it has been over 5 years since I last took off my wedding ring – afraid that I wouldn’t be able to wear it if my weight continued to increase (which it did).  Well, I now have it back on, and if anything it is almost loose!  This paleo diet may not be for everyone, but it IS working for me.

Peculiar dream . . .

I had a dream while sleeping yesterday that was very strange.  I’ve written in the past about dreams where I was flying – in the manner of Superman, not a pilot.  This was one of those, with a twist.

In the dream, I started doing somersaults in the air, then added barrel rolls, and was just generally playing around.  All of that was fine – it got weird when I suddenly started traveling.  First, a slight shift of my gaze to the left, and I’d be over Seattle.  Then a slight shift of my gaze to the right and I’d be over New York.  One or two barrel rolls later my awareness expanded to where I was everywhere – all at once.  There was a calmness bordering on serenity that went with this.  I didn’t freak out until the phone rang and woke me up.  But my heart was pounding and I was bordering on hyperventilating at that point.  If I could have gone back to sleep, I guarantee I would have.