Do you sleep? by Bill Storie
As you know, the Olderhood community now extends around the world, which means that we are really a 24-hour facility. We do have peak times certainly, mainly two, the Far East and North America in their respective evening time zones. In between those peaks, we have slightly lower traffic, but there is always someone online looking at our Pages or reading our articles. This makes it very exciting for us, knowing that whatever time of the day we post stuff, there will be someone looking at it immediately.
But here’s the strange thing.
It is common for us to hear from Olderhood folks in the middle of their night. I’m not talking about the occasional person who can’t sleep, but fairly large numbers. So, it made me wonder how many of us actually don’t sleep throughout our nights, or sleep poorly, or partially. In fact maybe it’s easier to ask for those who actually do sleep all the way through. It’s an age thing they say. Maybe so.
But whether you sleep all night, or in bits and pieces, the question is that if you are retired let’s say, then are you impacting your everyday life? Are you over-tired during the day? Do you nod off at the dinner table or in front of the TV?
Perhaps the more important question is whether you even care.
For example, I find that I can be exhausted by 9 pm my time, needing to get to bed and get some sleep, then I seem to wake up fully refreshed apparently, look at the clock … and boom, it’s 2.20 am !!
Yet I am wide awake and ready to go it seems. Should I just get up, get online and talk to our friends around the other side of the world in “live-time” or should I snuggle in and try to get back to sleep? Decision-making at 2 in the morning is not one of my strongest attributes so there is a huge quandary in my mind. I’m not a huge TV fan, so it’s either go online or go back on-bed.
I have to say that it actually doesn’t bother me at all.
If I need a nap in the afternoon in my office in town I have a very comfortable couch, no-one disturbs me, no noises around, and hence a nap works out really well for me. A wee snooze for 45 minutes does wonders for the psyche. Not sure if it actually has a biological effect or whether it’s the mere fact that after years of working, when, in the afternoon I desperately needed forty winks but couldn’t get them, that these days I can actually do that – thus making me feel a slight reward. In any event, the afternoon nap fits extremely well with the middle of the night awakening.
So do you nap in the afternoon?
I used to think people who did take afternoon naps were soft and weak and just being silly. What a waste of time I would think. Don’t they have things to do? I was never one to chill and relax. If I didn’t have something to do I was agitated. I think some experts call it A.D.D. or something. I’m still the same – need to be doing something all the time, but I do admit that I’ve come to realize that taking a nap and resting the old body isn’t such a bad thing after all. I really must be getting older. Oh dear.
Oh well, onwards and upwards. I don’t feel any guilt whatsoever in being awake at 3.30 in the morning on my laptop writing notes or scripts or more material for our books. I’m not very good at editing at that time but I do seem to have some creative flows in motion, so fresh material seems to come out. Writing in the still of the night seems to work for me.
With any luck you’ll have stayed awake through this week’s column and are still with me. Thank you.
If you want to share you sleep stories with the rest of us please feel free. We’d love to know how many other insomniacs we have in our midst. An active mind is a clear sign of intelligence (that’s my line and I’m sticking with it, so there).
The best story will win a free night at a luxury hotel of your choice where you must sleep for eight hours straight – if you fail to sleep for the full eight hours you forfeit the prize ;-)))
See you next week
By Bill Storie