Tuesday Toss And Turn

My sleep patterns are not consistent. Sometimes I can sleep 7-8 hours a night for 2-3 nights, but usually I get less sleep. Depression interferes with sleep.

My wonderful wife has been dealing with a severe neck strain for which she was prescribed a muscle relaxer. That drug makes her snoring worse and, not surprisingly, her snoring makes it difficult for me to sleep. However, this morning (it’s about 2:30 AM as I am writing this) I am awake simply because I couldn’t go back to sleep after going to the bathroom despite the fact that my wife was perfectly quiet.

I take melatonin every night, but I think that only makes it easier for me to fall asleep, not to stay asleep. I do not want to take prescription sleeping meds. From WebMd here is a list of potential side effects from these formulations:


  • Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty keeping balance
  • Dizziness
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Impairment the next day
  • Mental slowing or problems with attention or memory
  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Unusual dreams
  • Weakness


The same WebMd article also lists parasomnias as a potential side effect. Parasomnias are movements, behaviors and actions over which one has no control, like sleepwalking. During a parasomnia, you are asleep and unaware of what is happening. As someone with a long history of talking in his sleep, including having conversations which are totally forgotten after awakening, I don’t think these pills are for me.

Anyway, an explanation as to why I am writing at this time of day.


Wouldn’t you like to drive something that looks like this?


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Or maybe this?


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The top photo, from momentcar.com, is a 1954 Hudson Italia. The bottom photo, from RM Sotheby’s, is a 1937 Duesenberg Model SJ Cabriolet. The car-buying public may finally be able to buy replicas of these cars as NHTSA, no doubt in response to SEMA’s lawsuit, has finally issued regulations to implement the—get this name—Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, which was passed in 2015.

My wonderful wife and I regularly attend our annual HoA meeting. Our local state representative always visits to give an update on local legislative issues. He is a nice person and seems to take his role seriously, but when he starts to talk about the “workings” of the state government, about “district re-equalization payments” and “federal overlays,” I become more convinced than ever that government is interfering too much in the lives of individuals. I don’t believe government, which is only supposed to exist with consent of the governed, should tell me what I should drive, where I should live, what I should eat and with whom I should be friends. Government, like all institutions of mankind, is flawed.

Most people are motivated by self-interest most of the time. That behavior is part of our survival instinct. It is naive to think that once someone is elected to public office they will automatically become purely altruistic. That applies regardless of political ideology or party.






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