Life After Sixty | Sleeping Problems

avatar32102_4My sleeping problems were aggravated last week because I was feeling lousy with a head cold! Is under the weather a nicer way to say that? I wonder where that expression came from … maybe someone reading this knows and if you do please tell us about it in a comment.

Anyway, it kept me from writing anything! I usually work around my odd sleeping hours, since I live alone it’s not too hard to adjust schedules.  I read up on articles talking about insomnia and suggesting remedies, they are plentiful but so far I have tried natural ways without taking any sleeping pills.

In “What Happens While You Sleep and How it Affects Your Every Waking Moment”  Maria Popova writes: “We are living in an age when sleep is more comfortable than ever and yet more elusive.”

It seems that during the Victorian era, laborers living in workhouses slept sitting on benches, with their arms dangling over a taut rope in front of them,
and they paid for the privilege!

Of course, those were the days when families went through a nightly ritual of checking for rats and mites burrowing in the one shared bedroom!

All that changed with the industrial revolution bringing many improvements in living standards including electric lights, television and other kinds of entertainment and those have contributed to our sleeping problems!

And Thomas Edison can be blamed to have disrupted our internal clocks with his invention of the lightbulb.

Author David K. Randall writes in “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep” one of the best science books of 2012, that thanks to Edison, sunset no longer meant the end of your social life, instead, it marked the beginning of it.

Thomas Edison, born in 1847, reportedly slept three to four hours at night … he regarded sleep as a waste of time … a vestige of our cave days and he maintained a heavy schedule of research projects.

He carried his lack of sleep as a kind of badge of honor, but he had a little secret:Power-napping!


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Cots were scattered throughout his property, in labs and libraries and he was often photographed sneaking some stealth shut-eye in unusual locations.

That system seemed to have worked for him, he accumulated 1093 patents and lived to the age of 84!

I usually manage to keep up with my own much less ambitious projects by following a somewhat similar system of taking naps to make up for sleeping problems at night, but this cold  complicated things.

What works for you? Do you have problems or solutions you could share with us?











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