Last night was one of those times when I just couldn’t fall asleep. Usually, it helps getting up and stay up for an hour or so, but not this time. Went back to bed, but sleep just wouldn’t come. Tried all my old tricks to try and stop my mind from spinning. No dice. Haven’t been this tired in a long time so … in half an hour I’ll just coil up in bed and drift off into dreamland.

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  1. daydreamer2011

    It’s awful when it happens! Happened to me just the other night! I didn’t fell asleep until 5,30 in the morning!! :O I were able to sleep until 11 so I got at least a few hours sleep. But you do get very tired still… Everything is off kind of.

    Hope you were able to get a good nights sleep at last!

  2. Nylabluesmum

    I am glad you finally DID get some restful sleep Rebby!
    Due to all my wonderful health issues I find trying to sleep at night virtually impossible. I take a slep med; have done since Kevin died in 2003. It was either that or copious amounts of Codeine & that was not a good option either. The sleep med, altho’ addictive, is the lesser of two evils πŸ˜‰
    Thee odd thing is I have mild/moderate Narcolepsy so I can nod off in the daytime….boy that drives me crazy!

    1. tassitus Post author

      Thankfully, it’s very rare this happens nowadays. Also … when it does, I remind myself of what it was like when I had to be up at 6:00AM, and go to work! When I’ve had one of those nights, I can have a snooze in the daytime if I feel like it.

      I’ve tried sleeping meds, and they can be good in emergencies, but they tend to throw me completely off the mainstream.

      Yeah, narcolepsy … it’s confusing also for the people around the person, when they don’t know what it is. A guy I knew had it, but they found it was caused by his sleep apnea.

      1. Nylabluesmum

        LOL about the Narcolepsy! I knew a fellow who literally fell asleep in mid-conversation! He was a lovely man & had SEVERE Narcolepsy. He could not work because of it.
        I did not realize I had a mildish case of it until 1997 when I went to a sleep specialist. Boy was I surprised to find out why I kept ‘nodding off’ during the day or evening. Really frustrating tho’. I WANT to be awake during the day & ASLEEP during the night!
        I wonder if working so much at night messed up my brain & body too????

        1. tassitus

          The guy I mentioned, fell asleep amidst a conversation … that’s what was so confusing! Made me wonder how boring I really was, until I found out LOL. All his troubles went away when he quit drinking … the blood pressure went down to normal levels, he lost weight and the sleep apnea vanished. All things connected.

          Working nights probably isn’t any good, and even worse; shift work!

          1. Nylabluesmum

            HUH so the fellow had a drink problem also? alot of Narcoleptics drink to fall asleep at night….it is such a weird illness.
            I used to work 11pm-7 am & then come home & sleep 4-5 hours daily. So Iwas up by 1 pm to do cooking, cleaning & laundry. Hubby would come home for supper @ 5pm & then I would do evening Tow calls with him til it was time for me to go to work…..did that for a couple of years. Then I was full partner so we were on 24 hr call for 14 days straight. Sometimes we got 4-5 hrs sleep & sometimes only an hour.
            Being a Nanny was a round the clock career as I was a Live-In altho I did manage to sleep at night…
            Nursing was another roudn the clock deal what with doing Home Care plus Hospital shifts plus being married to a Quad……
            No wonder I am worn out, hahahahaha!!! πŸ˜‰
            By the way: you are NOT boring ;….

            1. tassitus Post author

              Yes, he drank way too much. When he quit, everything adjusted in an amazingly short amount of time. He used to have a morbidly high b/p, which went down to normal levels. It was wonderful. Such a shame that it didn’t last LOL.

              Those are some, different careers you’ve had! πŸ™‚ I’ve never worked nights, but my mum did all those years after she became a widow. She made more money, by working nights [nurse in the mental hospital]. She kept a very strict pattern, with regards to sleeping … I honestly don’t know how it affected her, working nights … she was tough as nails.

              1. Nylabluesmum

                That fellow had a chance at least. πŸ˜‰
                I forgot to mention I was also a Punch Press Operator & a Brake Press Operator…the Brake press was floor to ceiling high!!! I was a bit ‘mad’ to even try these jobs but I was fascinated by the machines, lol…
                Out of all the jobs/careers I had my fave was Tow Trucking….I was born to be on the road at unGodly hours helping others, lol….
                Your Mother must have been tough to a) work in a mental hosptial & b) to work nites….
                That must have been so hard on her!

                1. tassitus Post author

                  My jobs have been very similar … the first job lasted twelve years! An American company in my hometown. Those years were the best, but I didn’t realise that then. I worked as a secretary in the sales dept. Are there even secretaries anymore?! LOL
                  In the early 90’s I became medical transcriptionist. I liked the job itself … very much, but then again … working with a lot of women, that’s not my cup of tea. I actually do miss the actual job — it was so damned interesting!

                  We’ve been watching a British series called Broadchurch, it’s about a crime. We have the two, last episodes left for tonight … it’s really suspenseful — no way of figuring out who the murderer is, several good possibilities πŸ™‚

                  1. Nylabluesmum

                    I took alot of my jobs for granted. Not the Tow Trucking tho’; I tried to stay in the biz after the marriage broke up but it was impossible for many reasons.
                    Nursing was interesting…I met so many interesting people….so many stories of triumph & tragedy & strength; very inspiring!!!!
                    I wanted to get into Medical Transcription but that never happened…
                    Your Mother must have had thick skin; mental hospitals B4 meds were BEDLAM!!! I could deal deal with mentally ill people….my Mother was enough πŸ˜‰
                    I have seen “Broadchurch”; I too am mystified as to who killed the boy….it is an excellent show!
                    WNED has bought a seris called White Chapel with Rupert Penrey Jones! It is excellent so far! Here is a link to it for you to read about show:

                    1. tassitus Post author

                      Yes she had, and yes bedlam. The first of the meds was Hibernal.
                      I have now watched the last episode of Broadchurch. Phew!!! and wow! Then, when it was over, it said ‘Broadchurch will return’. Looked it up, and I see there’s at least one more season, focusing on the trial. [we watched this on Netflix]. Will look up Whitechapel now..

                    2. Nylabluesmum

                      I have never heard of Hibernal….sounds a bit ominous….lol…
                      So there is going to be another season of “Broadchurch”? I wonder if the trial will be as gripping as the actual storyline was?
                      White Chapel a 3 part deal.
                      The first season has 3 episodes (have seen first 2).
                      The 2nd season is about the Kray Twins.
                      The 3rd & 4th seasons are different murders from the White Chapel area.
                      So it is not just a ‘Jack the Ripper’ storyline. It is very well done & Rupert plays the OCD Detective Inspector!
                      I hope you & G will get a chacne to watch it (& enjoy it!)

                    3. tassitus Post author

                      It struck me afterwards that it might have a different name here in North America so I just checked it out: β€œn the United States as Thorazine and elsewhere as Largactil and Megaphen”.

                      Broadchurch was incredibly gripping! We found another English show tonight, called Β«George GentlyΒ». We watched the first episode, and will watch another one to see if we get hooked on it. It takes place in the mid 60’s… Whitechapel isn’t on Netflix, so we’ll see if we find it on any PBS station…

                    4. Nylabluesmum

                      Ah I KNOW Thorazine by name…that stuff was brutal….but it was all they had at the time.
                      I never thought to mention “George Gently” to you…I adore Martin Shaw…that voice of his is so mellow & deep. The character of George is rather poignant; a touch cynical yet likeable. He truly cares about his partner & his job. It takes a few episodes to get ‘into’ the show but once you do you’ll be hooked……lol…

                    5. tassitus Post author

                      We’ve watched three episodes now. I totally agree with you on all points about Martin Shaw! I do tend to think his partner’s character is a little exaggerated though … but we like it! It’s calm and cool … a different time, only twenty years after the war…

                    6. Nylabluesmum

                      LOL about the partner John Bacchue (Lee Engleby).
                      The storyline is that he was truly cynical at a young age….already jaded. Lee engleby does play characters a bit over the top; it is his method of acting. I do not mind it because it is interesting to see George mentoring John & trying to restore his faith in humanity in a faithless job….

                    7. tassitus Post author

                      Yes, I’m beginning to see that. The episode we just watched was truly gripping [about an orphanage of sorts].

                    8. Nylabluesmum

                      Oh the “orphanage’ episode!! That one was so gripping & compelling!! One of the best episodes in my opinion….
                      Oh & Lee Engleby’s character name is John BACCHUS! I was typing in the dark again>>LOL…..

                    9. tassitus Post author

                      It was moving. Yeah, I know … Bacchus LOL nice name πŸ˜‰ We’ll watch another one tonight…

                    10. Nylabluesmum

                      I remember that episode!!! Funny how characters stand out in our minds & when we see the actor somehwere else we call them their character name>rofwl…
                      Mr Bates is Brendan Coyle. He is one of my fave actors! Did you know he was a lead actor in the show “LarkRise to Candleford”?
                      It is a period piece>>small town life in rural England (Oxfordshire) in 19th Century. Coyle plays Robbert Timmons a morally upright man who is firm but loving & a craftsperson. It is a slow moving story & not violent. Not always my cup of tea but sometimes a welcome change from murder!!!

                    11. tassitus Post author

                      When I’m enough interested, I look up their real names. Hadn’t happened in this case, I guess, so he was just Mister Bates to me πŸ™‚
                      I remember [very] vaguely, starting to watch that LarkRise, but I don’t think I even made it through the first episode…

                    12. Nylabluesmum

                      LOL about LarkRise…it is a slow moving story Rebby! I like it ok enough but it is not one of my faves. I liked Brendan Coyle’s character & I like him as an actor. I prefer more fast paced shows; soemthing edgy & involving….I think we are alike in that!!!!! πŸ˜‰

                    13. Nylabluesmum

                      I also like Alfie played by John Dagleish…he has such cute puppy dog eyes…..
                      It is on right now…I watch it (sort of) as I do repleis & read blogs πŸ˜‰

                    14. tassitus Post author

                      Looked him up now in Google. Many years ago, I watched a criminal drama on TV, by P.D. James. The detective’s family name was Dalglish, just like a football player in Liverpool FC. He introduced himself to a little, frail, old lady in some big castle … as inspector Dalglish, and she [very unexpectedly] said: Isn’t that a football player?! LOL She was maybe in her 90’s …

                    15. Nylabluesmum

                      I vaguely remember this show Rebby! Dalglish/Dalgleish is a VERY common name over in the UK. I think young Jon is from a family of actors by that name…..
                      “White Chapel” was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS last nite. It was the 3rd epsiode about the modern day Jack The Ripper. I was on the edge of my seat!!!
                      Rupert Penry-Jones is wonderful as D.I. Chandler. He ends up not passing for promotion so is kept at D.I. level even tho’ he did prevent 2 murders & he was right about the modern day Ripper….WOW! What a series!!!!! πŸ˜‰

                    16. tassitus Post author

                      Wow! Good! πŸ™‚ We’ve just finished the second season of Gently. Also watched Blue Bloods. This episode is to be continued next week, and it ended in a very suspenseful way.

                    17. Nylabluesmum

                      “George Gently” is a gentler program than “White Chapel” or some of the others…I find Brit drama much more realistic & better produced than alot of stuff in Canada & USA. I think I am a snob, hahahaha!!!

                    18. tassitus Post author

                      Agreed, totally! I don’t think it’s snobbism … it’s what I grew up with and been used to all my life. Oh, we got the American ones too, of course, but a lot more British, a few French and Australian too. When I came here, it almost seemed like an obsession about all these forensic- and cop shows.

                      Β«GentlyΒ» is really growing on us…

                    19. Nylabluesmum

                      I remember Doctor shows growing up: Dr Kildare was my first love & then marcus Welby, M.D.
                      I watched E.R. from start to finish…..
                      (Never liked Grey’s Anatomy tho’)
                      Funny what we grown to like.
                      George Gently DOES grow on a person!!! πŸ˜‰

                    20. tassitus Post author

                      I don’t remember any of them, except E.R.

                      Tonight’s episode of Gently was extremely moving … it was about when China died…

                    21. Nylabluesmum

                      I cried for 1/2 hour over China’s death…that was a poignant episode wasn’t it???
                      I forgot you were not living here in Canada back in the 70’s so you had different shows there….lol…

                    22. tassitus Post author

                      We did get a lot of American shows, and I do recognize the name Kildare. Heck, I grew up with Perry Mason, Bonanza, Lucille Ball and all that LOL … but of course, not all.

                    23. Nylabluesmum

                      Richard Chamberlain was Dr Kildare. I think his performance inspired me to go into Nursing!
                      True story: My Aunt Esther who was married to my Uncle Mark (my Nanna’s Brother) was a 1st Cousin of Lorne Green!! She looked ALOT like him!!!
                      Another true story about Perry Mason (Raymond Burr). He & my Father Henry where born Nov. 24th, 1917….Raymond Burr in British Columbia, Canada & my Father in Hamburg, Germany.
                      When I was 2-3 yrs old I thought my Father was the ‘man on thee TV” because they looked identical!!! It was the strangest thing…I thought my Father was “Perry Mason”. i would sit on Nanna’s lap an squeal “Father Father” with delight……lol…

                    24. tassitus Post author

                      That’s so cool! LOL

                      Richard Chamberlain, is he the guy I remember from Thornbirds and Dynasty?

                      I had some ideas too, about going into nursing, but I came to my senses …

                    25. Nylabluesmum

                      Sure is the same man Rebby!!!
                      ROFWL>>>>>About the Nursing comment…you crack me up girlfriend!!!!!!
                      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

                    26. tassitus Post author

                      now I have to ask about something I’ve been wondering about for a long time: what does the W in ROFL stand for? πŸ™‚

                2. tassitus Post author

                  My mother started working in the mental hospital 1933 … before there were any meds.

                  She had to work nights after Dad died, to make ends meet … there were no insurances and back then, the widows didn’t get any money like they do now. That changed 1960, and my Dad died 1957.


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