Tired, cranky…..

It’s taking me a while to get used to the ‘different ways’ of the new GP’s practice I moved to a little while ago.  Receiving a text reminding me to make an appointment for a flu jab came as a surprise;  I’d never experienced reminders before, had always been left to my own devices where things like that were concerned.  It made me wonder if this was the way of the future??

During one of my initial appointments earlier this year I mentioned that Mr Insomnia had been visiting again and that age old problem I have of sometimes feeling very tired, weary and very cranky had returned.

‘Before we do any blood tests to see if there are any underlying problems tell me about your sleep patterns’ my lovely new Dr asked.  ‘I wake at all hours of the night and find it hard to go back to sleep.’  ‘Maybe you need a sleep study’ she said, and asked if I kept noting the time on the clock.  Because that will make sleeplessness seem worse than it is.  

So then we talked about various methods to ‘supposedly’ ensure a good nights sleep.  You know, slowing down earlier in the evening, warm drink, warm bath/shower, close off all electronic stuff.  Things we’re all familiar with.  She didn’t quite go as far as this though  – 

but did ask if I slept with an animal.  Then there were tears as I told her, no, our last one Kiera had been gone for nearly a year.  ‘You know some of us get stress relief from close contact with pets, cats especially’ – tell me something I don’t know I laughingly told her.

As she was printing off the pathology request form I did tell her about the sleeping habits of the one who shares my bed 

Oh, I don’t have an answer for that problem apart from make sure your spare bed is ready for when his snoring wakes you or for you to ask ‘him’ get a sleep study done 🙂

18 thoughts on “Tired, cranky…..

  1. Insomnia is a regular visitor here too. I sleep in snatches, an hour here, nearly two there. I am consumed with jealousy at my partner’s ability to fall asleep before his head hits the pillow and remain that way for up to ten hours (and sometimes more).

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  2. Sleep for me got way better once hubby got his cpap machine. And ever since getting trixie it’s even better. She cuddles up and I got instantly back to sleep
    Dogs. Unlike cats go straight back to sleep. I used to lay there listing to my cats lick every hair they have fifteen times each then continue to purr for another fifteen minutes before they settled.
    Maybe a small dog. One that can travel with you and yes definitely a sleep study for hubby

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    • Sorry Angela – no dogs. I have a intense dislike, no matter what size or breed. No known reason.
      Best way to start a fight in our house is to suggest a sleep study with a view to a cpap machine 😊

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  3. Hubby snores loudly, AND has severe restless leg syndrome. Before I met him I only slept about four or five hours a night, and after we began to share a bed, things got worse, as he would wake me up constantly. There was no solution to this, so after twenty or so years, I moved into my own room, and have slept soundly most nights since. I miss him! But I don’t miss being awakened constantly, and he doesn’t miss feeling bad about keeping me awake at night… and neither of us miss me being tired and cranky!

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    • It’s only in the last year I’ve been ‘game’ enough to use the spare room and that’s been when I’ve been at my wits end and running out of patience. A certain someone doesn’t like the idea of us sleeping apart and got quite annoyed. He should know by now after all these years I’m not a nice person when I’m tired lol. Anyway it’s ready if I need it – I certainly sleep better in there.

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  4. love the cartoons you have added to give a feeling that “we are not alone” someone knows just the right drawing to create – a professional who suffers or listens…

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    • Lol my sister forwarded a couple after we talked about sleeping- snoring issues and I was surprised to find a couple more that fitted 😊

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  5. Acupuncture helped my sleep immensely. Unfortunately it can’t do much about the small horse who likes to share with me

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    • Lol if a certain someone doesn’t make a noise I’m usually fine Kylie. He goes in cycles – maybe I should say ‘on yer bike’ when he starts.
      I take it you have a large dog that likes the empty side of the bed??

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      • A large dog who likes the foot of the bed! So I need to be three foot shorter and it will be perfect

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  6. Hurt and pain may be involved, but sleeping alone is the only answer. I can no longer sleep with anyone unless it is in a king sized bed. We both like having our own rooms. My partner watches tv in his room, which I can’t stand. Yes, there is a loss of intimacy but lack of quality sleep really affects your health.

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    • It’s that catch 22 argument isn’t it Andrew. Sleep apart – feel good Sleep apart – lose ‘the love’ .
      It works well for some as in yours and Rs case – you’d think after 58yrs we’d have it sorted by now lol

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  7. I’ve had sleep issues for a while. If I was to be perfectly honest, I’d admit to dozing off a bit in the evenings while watching television…It’s a sure thing that I won’t fall asleep if that happens! If I’m completely exhausted, having exercised, and not dozed off, I can fall asleep usually, but only for four hours or less. Interesting topic, Cathy!

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    • I definitely have to fight the urge to close my eyes during the evening or like you I’m counting sheep for sure 🐏🐏 🐏

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