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Now I Lay Me Down and Hope…

Click on the pic to read an article about sleep-deprived parents


I tell you all frequently how much I care about each and every one of you.  I was going to do a poem or a short story or some such thing today and get back on my own good schedule for posting.  I haven’t missed a day in well over 400 days and I see no reason not to continue.  However, before I could do this, I went through my normal morning routine of reading news posts online and I found this article on sleep.  Please read – I will wait.


All done?  Good.  If you slept enough last night to get through it and remember, it was a very timely article for me.  I don’t sleep well and I know most of the things that are affected – I am affected constantly.

Some of my battle is in the AM when my meds from the night are still in my system.  I stay in bed 6.5 to 9.5 hours, the meds usually work for from 9.5-12 hours, so I am drowsy in the mornings.  I don’t like caffeine as it makes me jumpy, but I will drink a big cup if I have to be out earlier than I like.

Lately, it has been sleep about 4 hours (which is nice), wake up, get up, eat, go back to bed for 2-3 hours.  I don’t like this schedule but as it used to be sleep 2 hours, sleep 2 hours, etc… This is so much better for my brain and my functioning.

Pay attention to your sleep.  Stop letting “things” get in the way.  You know how you feel after a good solid night’s sleep? – well, that would be great each and every night.  And, if you paid attention to the article, just because you are older doesn’t mean you don’t need as much sleep.  The article indicates that your “sleeper” just isn’t doing as good a job anymore.  Taking Melatonin may help.  Melatonin (I take 5mg night) helps to regulate when and how long you sleep at night. It takes a while to work and you will not feel the difference; you will have to notice the difference in your sleeping schedule.  You shouldn’t wake as much, perhaps, as before.

If your problem is falling asleep, Valerian Root can help with this.  It has more of a sedative affect.  You take it and about 20 minutes or so later, you should fall asleep and rest.  I take both Valerian Root and Melatonin.  That isn’t enough for me, unfortunately, and I have to take an Rx sleeping pill.  That’s what does the groggy thing to me in the morning.  It is also my most expensive Rx.

Talk to your doctor and ask about these two herbs.  If he balks big time at taking “herbs”, perhaps you need another doctor.  I don’t know about interactions, that’s why I would ask.  Be safe and sleep well.




What’s this? iHasCupquake

I kinda burned out today.  I slept last night from Midnight until about 8am, then got sleepy again and slept from 9:45-1:30pm.  Now, of course, when I say sleep I mean the 1.5 – 2 hours at a time thing.  It takes more sleep for me to feel good.  However, this particular day, I really could’ve eaten lunch and gone back to bed until supper.

I went to the reflexologist yesterday for my overall massage.  This incorporates massage, stretching, range of motion, releasing of lymph, and unblocking pain in nerves.  It takes about 1.5 hours and I do it twice a month.  On the other weeks, I do regular reflexology.  I am starting to feel better in general.  But, yesterday, when we were working through the pain, I had a pain in my left side that felt much like I had been kicked.  I had it checked there and the reflexologist said I, most likely, had a kidney stone.  She gave me some herbs to help it.  I have taken 3 doses so far and the pain is nearly gone.  It is supposed to dissolve the stones too and I shouldn’t have that pain you normally have when you pass them.

Anyway, because of that, I have taken it easy today.  I have read about 35 posts.  I really got behind when Dad went to the hospital.  I still have about 42 to read plus whatever comes out tomorrow.  I don’t mind; I just was doing so well at keeping caught up.

So, instead of doing everything, I watched YouTube and played Minecraft.  I use YouTube videos to help me learn different things on Minecraft.  Today, however, I got caught up in watching one person’s video of her game of Minecraft.  I watched nearly 2 hours altogether.  Here’s the deal:

Her name is iHasCupquake.  As far as I can tell, she is married, looks to be in her 20s, and loves to play video games.  Her channel on YouTube is amazing!  She has

1,492 videos

396,504 subscribers


I thought I had it cool with my almost 20,000 views.  I was going to do a special post when I hit that mark.  I still may, but it will pale in my head to her numbers!

So, for tonight, I thought I would hook you up with 2 of the videos I watched today.  The first one is about 36 minutes and the second one is a little over 1 hour.  Don’t feel you need to watch all of them.  In fact, here is the first in the series.  It is about 18 minutes and is quite funny.  She has loaded a Minecraft game with 22 mods (these are parts of programs that change qualities of the game) and is just starting out.

Here’s the longer two in case you get caught up in it:

and the 1 hour one:

Enjoy as much as you want / can.



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