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To Sleep or Not to Sleep, That is the Question

Some have the power of sleeping through practically anything. I'll never forget the example of Jesus, recorded at Mark 4:37,38. Such ones may not realize just how fortunate they are! Or how many of us wish we could spend 8 hours in uninterrupted sleep? You'd be surprised.

Frankly, I wake perhaps 2 to 20 times per night. Although I go back to sleep quickly, it is interrupted sleep and is anything but a pleasant experience.

As I get older, I recognize I have become more sensitive to temperature. The house heater leaves something to be desired. As a result, I have obtained a portable heater that has settings of 70 degrees and 75 degrees. I sleep best between these two temperatures. This is because the heater does not turn on at these temperatures, but at a temperature below these settings. Sometimes that temperature must fall a full five degrees below the setting in order for the heater to turn on.

If it is too warm, my mind works faster and I do not fall asleep. If it is too cold, I am aware of it to the point I do not go to sleep.

So I have to be on top of my game, quickly, between the times I awake and I go back to sleep, to make the switch from 70 degrees to 75 degrees, or vice versa.

Do you, our poor dear reader, understand any of what I am saying?

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MegL wrote on December 14, 2021, 3:06 PM

The temperature has to be right for me too but I don't use a heater. Sometimes I kick the bedclothes right off, other times I have a hot water bottle.

VinceSummers wrote on December 14, 2021, 4:48 PM

My problem is, I am COPD and I seem to be stifled if my body is covered. I'm not sure why that is. I have ideas, but they seem unreasonable.

MegL wrote on December 15, 2021, 5:23 PM

It can be hard to find the best way of keeping a reasonable temperature as you get older.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 17, 2021, 9:05 AM

Sorry that you have COPD, Vincent. And I agree, the temp can go up and down from bedtime to sunrise. The indoor temperature of a home like ours that has no thermostat controlled central heating system, only one single Dearborn space heater, so it either gets too warm or too cold. I prefer it be too cold so I can cover up as needed. I can not sleep if it is too warm. The way you wrote this kind of made me want to laugh. Yep the entire situation can make a person confused.

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2021, 1:12 PM

Ah, a man with insight. Yes, getting old. Some say it's better than the alternative. Sometimes, it doesn't seem to be much better...