You know, midlife makes for all kinds of juicy stories. Once you hit a certain age you stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and start doing what feels good. Take that time at the Mercury Lounge…
Me and the girls claimed Vegas rules on that one. Sorry. Forget I said anything. 😛
But you get the point.
What I don’t usually talk too much about related to midlife are the bummer parts. Things like wrinkles, squeaky joints, and the fact that you’ve got a set of readers stashed in pretty much every room of the house.
Now, most of these middle-aged annoyances I’ve found a way to deal with.
- Wrinkles? Hello, Botox! (Hell yes, I use it.)
- Squeaky/creaking joints? Lost the P90X routine and started a love/hate relationship with the elliptical.
- Eyesight? Well, the readers have finally pissed me off, so I’ve got an appointment with the doc tomorrow. If he tells me to, “Deal with it,” I may be blogging from prison on Wednesday.
But there’s one part to aging I’m not handling so well.
I chase a good night’s sleep with the same devotion of a tween girl at a Justin Bieber concert. For me it’s not insomnia so much as a crap shoot as to whether or not my brain disengages. Some nights I could sleep through a nuclear attack, and others I don’t feel like I do more than doze.
I stressed the feel part on purpose because, in my desperate attempt to solve my wonky sleep cycles, I’ve turned to sleep monitoring devices. According to my FitBit, which uses motion to gauge your quality of sleep, I’m rockin’ the nighttime routine. According to a sleep app I’m using on my phone, which uses sounds made when you toss and turn, I’m not doing bad either.
In reality? I call bullshit foul. More often than not it seems like I’m sleeping with one eye open. Or like I’ve just closed my eyes when the screaming demon from hell alarm clock goes off.
Does anyone else find themselves chasing sleep? What have you found that helps? Or do you even bother anymore and just operate on naps?
I gotta tell you…this sleep thing scares me. Before you know it, I’ll be up and having coffee with my dad at 3am.