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Saturday, March 9, 2013

The All-Nighter

It's been a while since I've pulled an all-nighter.

Technically speaking, I did pass out for 3 hours last night. 


But it wasn't solid. 

I was up and down during those three hours, thinking it was a lot later than it actually was.

Flame on.  12:15

Flame off.  12:19

And then freezing cold.  12:35

Every 20-30 minutes I cycle through. 

Who needs a clock?

Finally, I get up at 1:00 as the intensity of my flashes always pick up between midnight and 6am.

No point fighting it.

So I watch some tube.  A really bad movie.  The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. 

Good idea, bad chemistry and really overacted by Diaz.  Geez.  Take a sedative sweetheart.


At 3 am, I climb back in bed.

Toss, turn.  Flame on.  Flame off

By 3:30 I was back up and out in the kitchen. 

Screw it.

I turn on the laptop and check in with ya'll's blogs.

Turns out I'm not the only one pulling all-nighters.  I see piglets and kids being born on your blogs.  Other folks having trouble sleeping.

This got me to thinking. 

I never had children myself but I often see new Mom and Dads living on fumes during the first few years of parenthood. 

Pulling all-nighters.

I've talked to tons of people who have problems sleeping on a daily basis.  Half the people I work with are on Ambien.

No Thanks.  I rather be tired than dopey and sleeping pills make me stupid.

I have a 72yo sister in law who gets by on 3 hours sleep a night. 

Has for years.

Can you imagine?

Thank God I'm not THAT bad.

Years ago, SM and I stayed overnight at a friends house while visiting.  I heard Sandy up and banging around in the dead of night, cleaning her house while her husband snoozed.

"Menopause."  She said, as if that one word explained everything. 

At the time, I didn't understand. 

I do now.

As I sit here typing this, I have a load of laundry in the wash. 

I've pulled my seed tray and seeds out. I think I'll get some tomatoes and peppers started.

Flame on. 4:03

Flame off 4:07

Good night for an all-nighter don't cha think? 

Time change tomorrow.

Spring forward officially at 2am.

Pretty good chance I'll be awake to see it.

Flame on!



  1. I bought some of the CVS brand of natural menopause meds. They work :) It has black cohash, vitamin E, and a few other things in it. Last time I bought it, it was 2/$10 (30 pills to a pkg). You take one in the morning and one at night, about an hour before you go to bed.

    Might want to give that a try.

  2. Geesh, Girl, you are having a heckuva time of it! Perhaps one good thing is that you can get up and do things without waking your hubby. Mine is such a light sleeper that he wakes if I do much more than tip toe through the house and lie on the couch to read. I don't want to suggest mainstream hormone replacement therapy, but have you tried any of the "natural" helpers? Such as Stephanie suggested? Your situation does sound pretty extreme.

  3. I have to admit that I may sleep but I am very restless. Very rarely do I sleep soundly. Good luck.

  4. You make me laugh. But as you have stated you are not alone. Some nights I am up and looking at the clock every 15 minutes trying to will myself to sleep. Or at least snooze. Other nights I get to sleep through the night. Then there's other nights that if I get woke up I am done. The mind is on, the gears are turning. Then that stupid Beasty Boys song pops into my head No Sleep Till Brooklyn. Geeze. Oh well I guess we are in good company.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead