Written by my fellow Episcopalian priest Facebook friend, Terri C Pilarski has brought us the Friday Five a la The Rev Gal Blog Pals. Here's Terri's prologue to the Five:
Last night was a restless night in my home. We are dog and cat sitting for our daughter, which means we have a combined household of three adult humans, four large dogs, two cats, and one kitten. And for some reason the dogs, cats, and kitten, all wanted to sleep in OUR bed. Did I mention that it's just a double bed? Did I mention that it was warm in our room - too cool to turn the air conditioning on but no breeze to blow the cool night air in....add to that my general age-related tendency toward insomnia, and it was a difficult night for sleeping.
A number of my facebook friends seem to have similar challenges sleeping....
So, on that note our Friday Five today will focus on sleep, or the lack there of.
1. Are you prone to sleep challenges? Insomnia, snoring, allergies? Other sleep challenges?
Yes I am. The insomnia turned about to be mild obstructive sleep apnea that caused elevated blood pressure and rapid, labored heart beats that actually kept me awake most of two night. After an NOS, it was discovered my oxygen saturation had slipped far below the Medicare standard of 88% or greater.
Since then I am in treatment for that with respiratory therapy that is work and I'm losing weight!
2. When you can't sleep what do you do? Toss and turn? Get up and read? Play computer games?
Warm shower, massaged head, clean hair; fluff up down pillows, settle in after turning on an hour long recording of night sounds at lakeside...not too loud, not too soft, just where it plays on the edges of your wakefuness. Those sounds filter into my mind as I calm it and set thoughts adrift. I make sure the room is as dark as possible so my eyes will rest, open or shut. I wait for four feet to walk over me at some point and then I start to fade away...
3. When you do sleep do you remember your dreams? Or just snipets of them?
My dreams are like film shorts, playing in color, stopping and starting. Other times, images just rush to the fore and can awaken me in unsettling ways, or they stay still and I can see and smell the scene or image, or feel something that is a part of what the composition is conveying.
4. Can you share a funny or confusing dream you've had? Or a dream you have over and over?
I can't remember funny things though I am sure they happen; sometimes I replay the previous Sunday service where funny things do occasionally happen. The dreams these days are a lot less scary then the ones I used to have, for that I am thankful.
5. When you don't sleep how do you get through the day? Lots of coffee? or a nap later in the day?
FIrst I remind God of what a bad night it was and I pray, then remind Him again that only Spirit can get me through in an upright position as called for. I also eat a high protein breakfast with strawberry jam involved and bacon along with a cup or two of very black tea.
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