EYE GIVE UP

The irony of life is that by the time you retire and can
sleep late, you’re too old to be able to.
-Evan Esar

Of all the mysteries
Of the universe deep,
Why do I stay awake
When all I want is sleep?

If it’s all in my head,
Pray tell, for retirement’s sake,
Why do I fall asleep
When I want to stay awake?

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10 comments on “EYE GIVE UP

  1. arekhill1 says:

    If you are not comfortable with Ambien, Sr Muse, I recommend counting idiots when you are trying to drift off. They are innumerable, and generally smell better than sheep.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Ricardo, usually when I drift off, I’m watching TV, which has more idiots on it than I can count. But now that you mention it, I should probably put a TV in the bedroom & turn it on when I go to bed. With my luck, however, there would be a good movie on that would keep me awake for two more hours.

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  3. Mistermuse, I have tried a few of those “sleep aids.” They do not work for me long term. I am retired also and since I no longer have to keep a schedule, I find it easier to just sleep when I am tired, even during the day. I put my feet up on my recliner, grab a small blanket and drift away for 2 to 3 hours. I also use my bed if I am very tired,
    Yes, I do keep the TV on in both rooms. The background noise filters out the noise in my head. I also can get engrossed in a movie but that tends to keep me awake. So, I switch to a hum drum station or something I have seen that is not too boring. I don’t believe in using the medical and negative term ‘insomnia.’ Better to think of the fact that as our bodies mature, our sleep patterns change. Have a nice nap or two and feel refreshed, Mr. Muse. 😉

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  4. Don Frankel says:

    I have those problems too many things on the brain and bad dreams. But i’ve realized that I’m retired what’s the difference if I get up at 4AM or fall asleep at 8?

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  5. Regarding bad dreams, I find if I am happy and at peace, I will have good dreams. When I have a nervous or worried, I will have an anxiety dream. This is normal since you know that dreaming is a mind’s defense against breaking down. Emotions have to be released as you may well know, Otherwise, we could become one of those blithering idiots that arekhill mentioned in his comment.

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  6. mistermuse says:

    I used to be concerned about not consistently getting a good night’s sleep, but I finally decided to hell with it and let nature take its course – when my body needs sleep, I’ll fall asleep. and when it doesn’t, I won’t. Since them, I’ve been sleeping even more than I want to – like in the middle of JEOPARDY! and not waking up until it’s over and I miss who won. I hate when that happens!

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    • My solution to this problem is to brew four good cups of medium strength coffee about 7:00 PM or sooner if I start to feel sleepy. I drink 1 to 2 cups . then I let the rest cool, pour it into a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. The next day my husband, who likes cold coffee. drinks the rest at his lunch time. This way I don’t get tired too soon and can watch Jeopardy all the way to the end. I used to fall asleep at all the endings of shows and movies on the TV. Now I can stay awake. If one can drink and enjoy coffee, it can be a good source of anti inflammatory medicine for some people. I have eliminated those drugs that had the same effect, mistermuse. 🙂

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  7. mistermuse says:

    Sounds like a good tip, Michaeline. Thanks!

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  8. Sam373 says:

    In a world as screwedup as ours; the question comes from deep inside of us;have you given up the fight? Then you picked up your pen and wrote:
    “NO, just the struggle”.

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  9. mistermuse says:

    A very thoughtful comment, though I prefer to think of it more like a journey than a “fight,” as my search is for reality, not combat. Granted, however, that one must “fight” one’s way through a lot of crap along the way in order to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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