Sweet dreams~!

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An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: ‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep..

Can I come with him tomorrow?’

This little story made me smile, looks like I am an “older dog” now myself. I was always a 5-hour sleeper, only at weekends I slept a little longer.  I was one of the early birds, tried to catch a worm…any worm…every day.

I often got up at in the middle of the night and started working. I didn’t sleep well through the night. I was a smoker all my adult life and I used to cough a lot during the night. Of course I never admitted it. “I have a sinus problem” was my standard explanation, followed by “I might have developed allergies”. It sounded better, more ladylike.

I could come up with numerous excuses to explain my cough. But deep inside I knew the truth and I feared it. It started when they added another chemical to the paper, so it would become fire-safe …an oxymoron isn’t it? A fire-safe paper on a burning cigarette. Go figure!

The coughing got worse, most smokers joke about it and call it the “morning hack”, of course that wasn’t it in my case…just sinuses, you know.

I slept a little bit restless right after I quit. A phenomenon other “quitters” experience as well. I had smoking dreams, could even taste the cigarette, it felt so real. I woke up feeling guilty, because I had smoked another one in my dreams.

This didn’t last very long…and then everything changed. I started to sleep, all through the night. I didn’t get up at 4 or 5 am anymore, not at all. I slept until I had to get up.

I sleep like a baby now…well maybe not like a baby…maybe just an like an “older dog”. Taking a break, in form of a nap, during a long and hectic workday, sounds tempting. Now I just have to find a neighbors house, where I can go and wouldn’t be found for a couple of hours.

Tempting indeed!

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Sleep is one-third of our lives: write a post about it. Do you love naps? Have trouble falling alseep? Wish you could remember your dreams? Remember something especially vivid? Snuggle under a blanket, or throw the windows wide open? Meditate on sleep.

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16 thoughts on “Sweet dreams~!

  1. I nap a lot. It’s a bonding thing with the cats 🙂 I have to get up at 2:30a for work and get home at 1p before anyone else, so to see anyone I have to nap when I can. But I’m getting too old for it – last winter I was tired all the time. I love the thought of a dog getting away from the kids to get some sleep.

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    • I can’t take naps, I tried..I tried it so often. I just can’t sleep during the day. We have two dogs, they are both older and they sleep everywhere, preferable under my desk or in my workroom. They want me to see what a good life they have :-).

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  2. I’ve just found you blog, I have not had a cigarette for 6 weeks, today has been hard i don’t know why, so I’ve been on a bike ride to clear the head
    love the story about the old dog.

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    • Well, welcome to my little blog. Quitting is a roller coaster ride and quiet entertaining actually. You will get cravings out of the blue after weeks/months of being smokefree. That’s normal, but unfortunately you don’t find too much information about it.

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  3. Ah yes, I remember those early days – well, nights – too. I especially remember after a while noticing that I no longer had hangovers from the previous night’s partying. Another great reason to quit smoking. 🙂

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  4. I can fall asleep at any time. Years ago I fell asleep at a wild and noisy party while standing up. Someone was having an animated conversation about super-annuation and percentages of accrued interest. My wife Helvi was alerted by the talker but Helvi said, “oh he does that even with me”. “It doesn’t mean he is bored!” Ha, ha..lovely Helvi.

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  5. Isn’t it wonderful to be on the other side. I quit smoking in 1974, 23 years old I was so relieved when I finally managed to quit for good. I hated that I couldn’t perform a song without coughing until the last verse. It helped on the singing to have stopped.

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      • It’s such a joy to have put smoking behind us and worth celebrating. I have had a lot of trouble when staying in rooms where smokers smoke or have smoked. As a health visitor for many years I had to help people in their homes. But I was sick afterwards for nearly two days.

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  6. Two years ago , I’ve got shingles and it hurt so much that I couldn’t sleep at all,in spite of all the medications the doctor gave me…..Now I’m being treated with a very strong tranquilizer ( opium derivated I think ) ,and finally , I can sleep again during the night and take naps during the day ,too……
    I don’t care if my drops are dangerous ,… my life has completely changed and I can even dream!!
    Love the sleeping baby in the photo and adore your story about the old dog.

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    • I fell in love with the sleeping baby as well…could be me LOL. Honestly, I think I would take your drops as well. I have never had the shingles (knock on wood) but I know a few people who had to deal with it. It’s very painful. Not being able to sleep is one of the worst things. Thank you for stopping bye 🙂

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    • Oh Gosh I need to knock on wood. My new lifestyle is working and I am pain free in the night, or have only slight pain in my hands and wrist that I can tolerate. Isn’t there something you can do about your hip and back pain?

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