By September 7, 2012ePatient
“Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye,
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie.”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

My perspective on sleeplessness has changed over time. Once it was my enemy and I fought it tooth and nail. Now it’s my companion, familiar, irritating, and intriguing. I go to bed early, fall asleep easily, awaken at 1 or 2 am, might go back to bed after an hour. I’m almost always up at 4 or 5. I love power naps. I really have the energy to do what I need or want to do -most of the time. I do hit a wall from time to time. I used to tell my primary care doc about it and she would suggest a sleep apnea study. Not interested. I tried Ambien once and Tylenol PM twice. Didn’t help, didn’t like the after effects. My acupuncturist says that in Chinese medicine sleeplessness between 1 and 3 relates to anger, and 3-5 to grief.  My perspective changed when I started keeping a log of my sleep. I sleep on average 5-6 hours a night. I used to sleep 7-8 hours a night. I don’t worry about it much now and seldom complain about it. It’s my companion.


  • mary ellen says:

    My sleep pattern is similar to yours Danny. If I get less than 5 hours it can effect me, but in general I’ve come to enjoy the quiet of a few minutes of awake time in the middle of the night. There are frankly too few hours of peace and quiet that I can take advantage of.

    • Danny says:

      The frame for sleep does affect sleep. Many years ago, my grandmother, who lived with us, used to complain that she never slept, but when I often went in to check on her, she was always asleep. I never knew what to make of that. It made me angry and exasperated. Now its me.

  • Mike Brennan says:

    Just heard some talk about alteration in sleep patterns due to artificial light-basic thought was that for millions of years, primates went to sleep at sundown, slept til dawn. Midieval literature suggests that folks awoke around midnite, had a snack, fed the fire, conjugal bliss, or stargazing time, then slept again until daybreak. we’ve screwed all that up quite recently with electric lights. Maybe your pattern is simply a vestige of our savage past,
    My sleep ap study consisted of trying to sleep in a motel type bed with electrodes pasted to my scalp, under the supervision of a graduate of the pavlov institute of st petersburg-an experience best avoided. The cpap machine does permit dear wife amy to sleep better, since it eliminates my cheyne-stokes episodes, which I never notice, cuz I am asleep.

    • Danny says:

      Yes. Who knows. I love your comments, Mike. Remember many a meandering musing with you. Best to Amy.

      • Mike Brennan says:

        I recall those meanders too, at that dysfunctional camelot in cobie. And I recall a loon chase in canada lake, two loons in a canoe pursuing a third loon in the water-our love to you and yours-

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