Saturday, October 15, 2016

Confusion Reigns

So today I woke up about 4:30 AM, with no hope of falling back asleep.  Made my coffee.  Cooked a couple of eggs and toast for breakfast.  Puttered about until it was time to get ready for an appointment with a tech at the clinic.

The tech did an ultrasound on my feet to check on blood circulation.  She also did a blood pressure check on both ankles and my arm.  Apparently even though I am slowly coming apart at the seams, my blood is doing a fantastic job of moving around inside me.

Got home about 12:30 PM.  Fixed some lunch and did a couple more Suzy Homemaker things before deciding about 2:30 that a nap was a really good idea.

Woke up about 7:00.  Made coffee and fixed breakfast.  Dinged about on the computer for a little while and then got started on my day.

Only it wasn't.

I had glanced out my window, observing that it was awfully dark for 8:30 in the morning.  Looked at the clock on my computer only to discover it was 8:30 Saturday night - not 8:30 Sunday morning.

Oh, good grief.  I wonder if other people nap for a few hours and wake up thinking it is morning of the following day.

Don't tell my kids.  They think I am a little bit off center anyway.  If they hear about this they will be looking up the early symptoms of Alzheimer's and Googling local nursing homes.  :)


  1. I was still living with my folks the first time that happened to me, so don't feel bad! - lol

  2. Oh, good, Gorges...Maybe that means my marbles are all still pretty much where they need to be. Thought I had lost some there for a while. :)

  3. It happens to me alot. Get up way too early, lay back down either in the am or afternoon. Sometimes I get into a deep sleep. Just part of maturity.

  4. Rob...I'm pretty sure that has happened to me before, but I just don't remember. It was a strange feeling. :)

  5. it has certainly happened to me.
    but i live with 2 other family members who set me straight.
    happens when you can't sleep a straight 8 or 10 hours anymore.
    that is a symptom of age. 5 hours is a limit on nightly sleep so a nap is unavoidable later in the day!

  6. deborah...I sure don't sleep like I used to. Four hours a night is pretty much my limit, with that afternoon nap thrown in. I have no idea why I woke up thinking it was Sunday morning and with nobody here to set me straight, it took a while to put the clues together. Ah, well. Keeps life interesting if nothing else. :)

  7. No matter how tired I am, or what time I hit the hay, I wake up EVERY two hours and go back to sleep for another two. I'm exhausted at the end of a day. I cannot remember the last time I slept for six hours straight... or if I did, I forgot! LOL!

  8. Vicki,
    I could not stop laughing because I did that when I was 35 and since.
    this time of the year it is difficult to tell 7 am from 7 pm. Since the doctor made me quit taking estrogen, sleep is difficult. I took melatonin even with the estrogen and it took melatonin for me to get a good sleep for the last 30 years.

    When I was 35 and this happened, I thought I was going to be late for work and rushed about like a mad woman, bathing, eating, dressing. I had to be at work at 8am and had an hour drive. I was in a tizzy and called work before I realized it was not the am! Of course, no one was at work to take my call. I rushed to the car and was out of the driveway before reality set in.

    Actually, I remember being a little child and taking a nap. I usually thought it was the next morning. I specifically remember this from the age of 4 to 11. THEN, it happened as a young adult. So, age does not seem to make a difference in my perception.

    The nights I take 2 mg of melatonin I get a good night's sleep. I take Natrol from CVS. It works. As we age, going to sleep and staying asleep is hard because our bodies don't make melatonin. Sometimes, I sleep 3 hours without melatonin and then take melatonin when I awake too soon. It works. I am not groggy.

    I am 70 now, and lately I have done the same thing, only thinking 5:30 pm was 5:30 am. It's pretty confusing.

    I just had to laugh since it has happened to me often all my life.

  9. Chickenmom...I can relate!! My sleep patterns are all messed up. Might be because I don't have to be anywhere at any given time. Sometimes I get busy with something in the evening and don't pay attention to time. Wind up going to bed about the time the sun is coming up. Then I only sleep three or four hours. The only thing that keep me from being a blithering idiot is an afternoon nap. :)

  10. Linda...OK. That was funny. Out the door, in the car and on the road before realizing it was night. Made me laugh, you did!

    At least you are used to this phenomenon, having experienced it from childhood. I can't ever recall having this happen before. Kind of freaked me out until I saw the humor in it.

    I have never taken anything to help me sleep. I dislike taking medication of any kind and would rather find herbal alternatives to prescription drugs or even over the counter medicines. I have gotten so that now I am retired, I sleep when I get tired. I kind of hope I won't mistake evening for morning too often. It is confusing and sometimes I confuse easily. :)

  11. Mom, I have done the same thing. It usually happens on a day off from work. So no need to worry, I won't put you in a home just yet. Love you lots. Duane

  12. The hard part about not working for me is remembering which day it is. My sleep patterns are also quite flexible given I have no where I have to be most days.
    Our recent storm event was a non-event in my neighborhood. Although many in the metro area are without power this morning, I'm one of the fortunate ones to have power. I'm still glad to have added to my battery stores and to have changed out my emergency water cache.
    Take good care of yourself. SJ in Vancouver BC

  13. Duane...Thanks, Son. It is reassuring to know that I can still be a problem to my children within the walls of my own apartment and not those of a home. :)
    Love you, too.

  14. SJ...I'm not always positive what day of the week it is either, unless I check a calendar! I have to admit that this sleep when I want thing is kind of nice because there are no alarm clocks involved. :)

    Glad to hear the storm was a non-event and you still have power. Mostly in the winter the weather forecasters here will go nuts warning us about the "storm of the century." That usually fizzles out with a couple inches of snow and a little bit of wind, rather than the massive blizzard we are warned about. One of these days the forecasters will get it right and we will be glad we have so much squirreled away.