Sunday Poser #32: Can’t sleep?

Sadje’s question this week is:

In this heat, both Hubby and I are finding it difficult to sleep at night, even with the overhead fan on.
If I am lucky enough that the pillows, duvet, and me are comfortable as soon as I turn out the light, then I’m in with a chance of a quick ‘drop off’, but at the moment, that’s a definite No.

When Hubby was in hospital in February, it was the first time I had been completely alone in the house as I usually had Maggie to snuggle into.  I couldn’t sleep and found myself playing computer games until almost 4am. I was up at 7.30.

There are times when I have to turn on the light to read or do a couple of Suduku puzzles to get my mind working in a different direction, especially if I have a song ear worming in my head that I can’t get rid of.  Sometimes I jot down ideas for posts or poetry and keep a pad and pencil in the bedside drawer just in case. Only on a couple of occasions have I had to actually get up and get myself a drink, or settle in the lounge with my computer so as not to disturb Hubby. Pain keeps him awake and sometimes he has no choice but to get up and move about. Not that long ago he ended up having a long walk round the park and along the prom in the early hours. I’m a light sleeper, so know when he’s not there.

Years ago we had a small TV in the bedroom and I would always fall asleep watching something. In later years, we got rid of that and relied on listening to a CD. Maggie was a pup and brought up on a particular classical instrumental which had her in z-land by the third track. When she was anxious or there was thunder about, we’d put it on and she’d relax sufficiently to settle.

I cannot sleep if I’m hot whatever the season, and my post cancer meds give me hot flushes, so the norm for me is to have my feet and torso out of the covers, and just my backside and thighs underneath. Hubby is the other way and feels the cold. In the winter, it works pretty well as I’m a hot water bottle that never cools down.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Sunday Poser #32: Can’t sleep?

  1. Sadje says:

    Heat always makes me uncomfortable and I can’t sleep either. Reading something boring helps too fall asleep too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Di.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Ha! I’m almost always cold… I try to replay happy moments in my mind or when that fails, I have a cup of hot cocoa. That usually does the trick.

  3. Astrid says:

    Heat keeps me awake often too. I honestly wouldn’t be able to fall asleep with the TV on. I sometimes do fall asleep with music on though.

  4. I can’t sleep in the heat either. Last April I spent $12,000 on a new ac/heating unit. It was worth every penny.

    • It wouldn’t be practical for us to invest in A/C. Last year, we spent £35 on a ceiling fan, £13 each on two window cable locks for the bedrooms and have a free standing pedestal fan in the lounge.

  5. Ever since I got a Kindle 8 years ago that has been my security blanket, knowing I could read it without disturbing Cyberspouse. Before that I had been known to go downstairs and write or in summer get out in the garden very early. Now I’m on my own I do sometimes get up and bring a cup of tea back to bed and read blogs on my phone.

    • It’s the heat that gets to both of us mostly, though pain is constant for Hubby, just varying degrees. Thanks for the follow, though I thought you already were. Good to see a comment from you. Take care.

  6. I cannot sleep if I’m too warm. Heat is a big problem. When hubby was alive, because he was more ‘cold blooded’ it was a problem because I’d be sweaty and miserable, and he’d have three blankets on the bed plus want to snuggle. *ugh* These days I can sleep with my floor fan going and I have central air, so it’s rare that I suffer as much in the heat when trying to sleep. Another thing that used to help me was a spray bottle full of cold water, which I could spritz or douse myself with when the internal temperature began to climb. A fan plus that spritz? So cooling. I hope the heat spell breaks over your way and some more temperature temperatures are on their way!

    • Thanks Melanie. I kept some wet wipes in the top drawer to cool me down. Hubby feels the cold, so we have the same scenario. I have that lovely cartoon of the window wide open as the wife is having a hot flush whilst the husband is shivering!!!

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