Muttering Again + More

October 14, 2013

Unconscious Mutterings, a weekly trip into free association, found HERE!

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Untraceable :: Clear
  2. Senator :: Ted Cruz
  3. Humongous :: Monster
  4. Drinks :: Cocktails
  5. Ringing :: Phone
  6. Overloaded :: Brain
  7. Annoyed :: Irritated
  8. Blondie :: and Dagwood
  9. Suits :: Mad Men
  10. Deadly :: Toxic

Did I just say Dagwood? Egads, I’m older than I thought. 😛

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How much sleep is too much? Is there an amount that is way over the limit? Who decides this?

I am getting the best sleep of my life these days, but I wonder if it’s too much. First, let me say that my sleep has been erratic and hard to manage ever since I was a kid. I would sleep for a few hours, then get up for 12, then cat nap, then be all messed up. Day after day, year after year.

Then the past two years I got into a pattern of sleeping from 6 am until noon. Six hours, that’s it. No naps, just that block of time. My doctors rejoiced because it was at least a pattern that refreshed me and seemed stable. Agent J was thrilled because finally there was some regularity and I wouldn’t be up and down all night in bed.

Fast forward to this past spring, post knee surgery, post pain-pill withdrawal. My sleep was messed up again and I was desperate. I refused to take any prescription meds to help me sleep because I had such a horrible time coming off the pain meds.

I found this over-the-counter supplement called Alteril. It contains melatonin, tryptophan and some other natural herbs… so I thought I’d give it a try.

People, I am a sleeping machine! This stuff works. Totally refreshing sleep without grogginess or a hungover feeling. I take two tablets an hour before I want to sleep and when the time comes I drift off into a sweet, peaceful slumber.

But instead of sleeping my regular 6 hours, I’m going for 9 and sometimes 10 hours at a stretch. I’ve never slept this much, this soundly in my entire life. If I don’t take the supplements at all, my sleep goes wonky again and I feel like a hot mess until I get back to my Alteril sleep mode.

Maybe it’s not a problem. Maybe I’m just catching up? It’s not like I’m oversleeping or late for work or sloughing off in order stay in the sack. It just seems excessive, especially when I wake up and the sun is already getting low in the sky.

It freaks me out to think that soon, if I don’t change the pattern, I could be going to sleep in the dark and waking up in the dark. (Darned Iowa winters anyway…)

How long do you sleep each night or day? If you’re having troubles with your rest, give Alteril a try. I’d be interested to know if you turn into a deep-sleep, bed-head monkey like I did!

Sweet dreams when you get there,

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