Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I Am Getting Old – Part Twenty

I am getting old because ….I am taking naps in the middle of the afternoon and I have not done that since I was a young child, so it must be getting older that is causing this. My sleep habits have always been horrible. I would go to bed late at night and wake up very early in the morning. In the past few years, I go to bed early and still wake up early. I fall asleep very quickly and thought that was a good thing but I saw a program on sleep disorders and learned that the quicker you fall asleep, the more sleep deprived you are. Imagine that. I would wake up three or four times each night so maybe I was sleep deprived

My cat Morris caused part of my waking up. For some reason starting at 3AM, he meows, very pitiful I might add, until someone gets up to feed him. Nothing would make him stop. Not even a spray bottle of water (he loves to play in the water running from the faucet). I solved this problem by moving his litter box, food, and water to the den and at night, I shut the den door. This is a better solution than a “crate” to keep him in at night (recommended by the vet). You might ask why not just close the bedroom door. Well, Morris has this thing about doors that are closed. He will “paw” at them and then jump against them until the door is opened to stop the noise.

Morris is an unusual cat. I adopted him in 1995 at the age of 6 months. He has always done strange things. I could not leave an ashtray out at night because he would take the cigarette butts and put them under the rug in the kitchen in a straight line about an inch apart. I had glass candles on the coffee table and he would take the wicks out and hide them. One time I bought dried flowers for an arrangement that included pieces of wheat. The next day when I came home from work, he had taken all those pieces of wheat out of the arrangement and put them at different places around the apartment. I filled a glass vase with marbles and he had to try to take them out of the vase. These are just a few of the “tricks” he would do. I would never considered giving him up. He comes when he is called and gets in my lap on the love seat and purrs and is so loving. I just consider him a very smart cat, not a bother. He is like my little “child".

By the way, since moving Morris to the den at night, I do not wake up during the night but still am napping in the middle of the afternoon, so I am still on a quest to find the reason for that.

10 comments:

RUTH said...

I'm a go to bed late and wake up early person. After the first few creaks! I'm at my best in the morning. I've found that eating makes me tired...as soon as I've eaten a wave of tiredness comes over me...and I thought food gave you energy! Your Morris sounds a character and a very special cat.
Rx

Jeni said...

I'm almost always a go to bed late -very late - person. Sometimes I wake up within a mere hour or two hours; other days I make wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep but my sleep is rarely very sound until after 9 a.m. That seems to be when I sleep the soundest. I also tend to take frequent afternoon or early evening naps -usually after having ingested something as small as a cookie or donut or toast - sometimes in the evening, it is an after supper calling I must fulfill. Funny thing though, if I eat a cookie or something sweet late at night thinking it might make me groggy then too - it never works that way! Why is that?

Rodrigo said...

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Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Hi Sylvia. Hope you're in the best of health.

Shelby said...

I too nap in the afternoons...

take care!!

HeiressChild said...

hi, i'm here via sober steve's blog. i've always taken naps. need them to get me thru the rest of the day. i'll sleep on the train, on the bus, and of course, in my bed.

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Hi Sylvia.

RUTH said...

Just dropped by to say Hello; hope all is well with you.
Rx

Camiseta Personalizada said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Se você quiser linkar meu blog no seu eu ficaria agradecido, até mais e sucesso.(If you speak English can see the version in English of the Camiseta Personalizada.If he will be possible add my blog in your blogroll I thankful, bye friend).

RUTH said...

Just popped by to say hope all is well with you
Rx