Night Sweats and Night Thoughts

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dealing-with-night-sweatsI’m finally able to fall asleep again after I have a nagging night sweat. For a long while now, every night sweat led to night thinking, which led to no sleep for Carol. But with the house remodeling, staging, listing, offer, packing and POD storage, moving sale, donation truck, temporary housing, looking for a new house, calling the utility companies, and finally closing last week on my old house, not to mention working full-time, much of my “to-do” list is behind me. Thank goodness! I was a wreck!

All this activity in my life has led me to think again, though. What would our families do if women didn’t think so much? I don’t like to call my thinking “worrying”, but I guess that is a legitimate term for it. I find it more “planning”; planning the next domino in a long chain of events. Each domino needs to fall just right before the next event can take place.

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And it’s the women who do the most planning. For me, this happens in the middle of the night, once awakened by a pesky night sweat. My mind starts turning and can’t stop. Sometimes, I’d lie in bed and think for hours. Sometimes, I’d give up falling asleep again, and get up. It’s amazing how much work can be done at 3 a.m. with only the hazy street lights for company!

I am enjoying this reprieve from so much thinking. We’re currently house-sitting until our new house is ready to move into…about mid-June. I’ve been able to pick out paint colors, tile, cabinets, and granite…joyous things for me.

Now my nights are only filled with night sweats, animals kicking me while they chase rabbits in their sleep, and the occasional snore from my husband. No worries.

Carol #strivetosimplify

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