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Mama Deb
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*Iz tired*

I had an all-but-sleepless night last night. Could not stay in one position, could not get my mind into sleep mode, was itchy from mosquito bites and it was humid, but not hot. Cool and humid means that the air conditioner is useless - the compressor won't go on unless it's cranked way down. So I was also damp.

Eventually, I did sleep. I know because at one point I realized I was dreaming. But that was after 4AM (I did a fair bit of reading - read until eyes were tired and tried to sleep. HAH!) and I woke up at 8AM. And it's been 25 years since I could function well like that.

Thing is, it used to be that sleepless nights were something that happened once in a while, when I was under stress or my hormones were rising (near infallible sign that my period would happen the next day or two.) Stress is possible, but not the latter. Not this week. And it's been happening more frequently.

Here's the thing. My mother sleeps badly, and has for years. Decades, in fact. Three decades. I'm about the age she was when it started. I'm not looking forward to it getting worse - Mom has entirely sleepless nights.

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Huh. Must have been something in the air last night. I was up til 7am, got three hours of sleep. (chronic insomniac though) and had someone else on my friendslist complaining of insomnia.

Hm. My problems are getting progressively worse too — and the drug experimentation isn't helping.

OTOH I did sleep last night. (Not that surprising given that I had been awake for 38 hours; I suspect otherwise i wouldn't have slept.)

I found a really good itch killer if you have mosquito bites. It's a bit of a weird one, but it works like a charm on mine, which are usually dreadful.

It's the Desert Essence Lip Rescue with Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil. It's meant to be lip balm, but it's great on mosquito bites, and terrible on lips. Best of all, it's portable, so reapplication is easy.

I found it at Beauty 35 at the corner of 8th and 35th, so J. could pick one up for you (they're at the counter) on the way home from work.

Feel less itchy soon!

Hi. I don't know whether you've tried this, but it works for me. I borrow some books on tape or CD that interest me but are not scary. I listen to them on a player that is on my bedside table and into which I have plugged the jack from a "Pillow Speaker", which is available from Radio Shack for about $6.00. This goes under your pillow, and you can adjust volume on the speaker itself. I find that if I put the CD or tape player's volume control at maximum I can adjust the small speaker more easily. I like to read biography or history and have even occasionally done science fiction. I first thought of it when a legally blind friend mentioned that he always fell asleep when he listened to the New York Times being read to him on a recording. If you don't fall asleep, at least you've learned something or read a good book. Only problem is that you have to go back and find your place the next night. The pillow speaker keeps John from being annoyed by my book. Best of luck. Shabbat Shalom.

Witch hazel is good for mosquito bites. It's the active ingredient in some afterbite type applicators and is much cheaper. Hope you feel better.