Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The roaring thunder of J snoring...

Last night it rained all night! Should have been a great night's sleep, except for the roaring thunder of J snoring. I love him dearly, and don't get me wrong, I'd much rather have him sawing away than not have him there at all. But I was tossing and turning most of the night. I think I had to ask him to roll over at least 7 or 8 times! If I'm calm and don't smack him in the face he's good about rolling over, which stops the snoring for about 30 seconds. Hopefully, time for me to get back to sleep. I wouldn't say that I stay awake that long, but waking up several times each night can't be good, can it? I mean, how much REM sleep could be going on? I've been taking half a Children's Benadryl for a couple of years on most nights, which I feel like helps me to get back to sleep much more quickly after being jarred awake. But I read in the NY times this morning that most doctors don't recommend taking Benadryl to sleep. Granted, I take 1/4 of an adult dose, so it's not much, but I do feel sluggish sometimes the next day. The article said that studies show that you don't really get that much benefit from any kind of sleeping pill, and sometimes the side effects (drowsiness, constipation, liver damage) aren't worth it. Hmmm. Maybe I'll experiment and stop taking it for awhile.