The Nightmare Continues

When I was younger and in full-time employment I usually enjoyed a good night's sleep; an unbroken 8 hour stretch of blissful rest.

Since my retirement my sleep patterns have changed and I can't remember the last time I slept straight through for 8 hours.

I now seem to doze off for between 1.5 to 2 hours then lie awake for another 2 before nodding off again. I suppose I now get around 5 hours of broken, fitful sleep each night.

This could be down to various factors - age, less activity during the day and the 2 large glasses of wine each evening.

However, it is not helped by the fact that P is an extremely restless sleeper and experiences spasms, twitches and jerks whilst sleeping.  He also frequently has vivid dreams which cause hime to thrash about and lash out with his arms and legs.  This happened again last night.  I had been in a blissful period of deep sleep when I was awoken suddenly at 3 a.m. by his kicking out and incoherently shouting out loud.  Needless to say, he quickly dropped off again leaving me lying there with heartbeat and pulse rate racing, unable to get back to sleep.

When we spoke about it this morning he told me he was dreaming that he was lying on the kitchen floor unable to move and there was a giant loaf of bread blocking the door!  No idea what a psychologist would make of that one.

I have tried various methods of helping him to more restful sleep, switching to decaff tea in the evenings, trying to cut down on his sugar intake (not very successfully).  Apart from spouse-icide or moving into a different bedroom I am not sure what I could do.

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  1. Sounds very like the nightmare you mention in your heading!

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    1. Yes and hopefully without the giant loaf of bread!

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  2. It definitely sounds like time for separate beds/bedroom!! I'm the same as you though. When I worked I got the required amount of sleep, but not any more. I am awake many times during the night and wake with calf pain that is intolerable. So, even though I'm really tired I end up getting up. This calf pain has been going on for about 3 years now and nothing has helped. I am presently waiting for an appointment with a neurologist. Oh the joys of growing old!!!

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    1. Hello Janice. Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. It does help to know that I am not just talking to myself all the time! Your calf pain sounds awful. Is it there all the time or just at night? Does moving around help at all? My husband is a keen runner and has suffered from pain in his legs at night from time to time. His is usually just cramp though so a quick stretch and massage is enough to ease it. I hope you can get yours sorted out soon.

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    2. When I wake up my calves feel like they are on fire and they ache. I have to get up and the pain usually passes after a couple of hours. I've had all kinds of tests that show nothing. Got a call from the neurologist this morning-appointment next Thursday. Hopefully they will have a solution or some kind of treatment to suggest.

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    3. Good luck at your appointment next week. Please let me know how you get on x

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  3. Also guilty of talking in my sleep, but then I am the one who gets up every night to stay with the dog - who gets lonely ;)

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    1. I wouldn't mind so much if P just talked in his sleep but he has to shout - very loudly. Perhaps you could have a camp bed handy for the times you are with the dog so you can grab a few winks ;)

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