I’m trying something tonight. I am so sick of getting up at what I consider obnoxious times – 2am, 3am, 4am – and, so far, nothing I have tried to fix the ‘problem’ has worked so far. Tonight, I am going to be staying up until 2:38am, exactly 24 hours after hopping out of bed this morning. My hope is, if I stay up until the time I have been usually getting up lately then go to bed, sleep until whenever I wake up, then go to bed at a normal time tomorrow and see if it resets this crazy sleep cycle I’ve been in.
I’m exhausted. I don’t do great without sleep. Think Gremlin. Yes, I’m sleeping, getting around 5-6 hours each night, which isn’t horrible, but leaves a huge deficit on the sleep side. Thinking becomes impaired, mood sinks, memory is nearly non-existent, I tend to be a bit snippy. It’s not good. I don’t like it at all. I”m much better about it than I had been growing up but it’s still not great and only gets worse the longer things go on. If my plan tonight doesn’t work, I’m running out of options. I have one or two more that I know of. Maybe someone out there has a suggestion or two??
Lance is getting anxious to be on the road. I am, too, but I think the pull is greater for him right now. He isn’t squirrelly, yet, but sort of has the feel of squirrelliness brewing. I know the feeling.
One of the things we plan on doing to help support our travels is workamping. Workamping is exactly what it sounds like – you work in exchange for your full hook-up site. Some have a salary along with your site, which is often minimum wage. I’ve downloaded apps, connected with a few (i lost count) Rv pages on Facebook, signed up for a newsletter or two.
The other day, I was looking at the jobs offered through one of the newsletters I am now getting. (sorry. I don’t remember which one. Did I mention I lost count?) I came across one job that sounds like it may be a perfect fit for Lance and me. The job is working at an animal sanctuary in exchange for a full hook-up site and salary, locations throughout the nation.
I’m mostly just looking right now. We still are working on Marilyn and I don’t want to commit to anything when I’m not sure when we will be ready to pull out of here. I mentioned the animal sanctuary job to Lance and he is all in on that one. In fact, I would go as far as to say that he is feeling compelled to work at one or more of the sanctuaries. Over the last two days, he has brought it up a few times, very emotionally, like the way you feel when you really really want something so badly you can’t stand it. I guess its time for me to find out more about it, such as locations and all the info. It will be a learning curve since this is all new to me. I have no idea what questions to ask. Hopefully, whoever I chat with can help walk this newbie through it.
Mieke, I’ve had good luck with melatonin, but remember, menopause starts messing with us around age 51. I would look into natural supplements for that. Sleep cycle interruptions are classic peri-menopause and menopause. Good luck.
Thank you!! So, melatonin will help me stay asleep? That would be good. If you find other natural supplements that will help me I would love to hear more.
Yeah, perimenopause has been fun (sarcasm). This short sleep cycle thing is the worst.