“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

Saturday Morning Check-In

Dear Kay,
Night 3: midnight to 7:30ish. I feel like I’m training for some sleep marathon. Dropped another seven pounds last night. Hubbo says I look like Heidi Klum at this point. I solved Fermat’s Theorem this morning.
Weight Watchers, actually, is what this feels like. The counting! The intentionality of it all!
Reading everybody’s comments, it’s a freakin miracle we get any sleep at all. The cats, hiccups, babies, snoring husbands, mid-sleep wakeups . . . ay yi yi. We’re just not set up for this sleep thing.
I actually have some knitting going, nothing fancy but large in scale. But I have to find my camera–did you really LOSE YOURS?????
It’s really helpful to hear everybody’s experiences with their sleep experiments. TY for sharing, as they say.
Love,
Ann

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  1. Loved the wit here, but on a serious note I’ve read before that NOT getting enough sleep is the #1 reason women gain weight. Thanks for the article preceeding also with the tips for figuring out how much sleep you need, and exactly when I can have that glass of wine every night!

  2. Loved the wit here, but on a serious note I’ve read before that NOT getting enough sleep is the #1 reason women gain weight. Thanks for the article preceeding also with the tips for figuring out how much sleep you need, and exactly when I can have that glass of wine every night!

  3. I need 10 hours to function, but do not get that very often. As with some of the other posters, I have a husband and cats and dogs, that all do their best to make sure I do not get the 10 hours.

  4. Thanks for referencing the article. I’ve decided to make getting more sleep a priority for me this year. Last night I was in bed by 10:30, but I woke up at 5:30!

  5. Oy. I lived about two or three decades as an insomniac at one end of the spectrum or another. But NOW I SLEEP — quite well, actually. My doctor, when discussing “this stage of life” recently, asked me if I’m sleeping, and I was happy to say yes, but her very question got me all so nervous and filled my subconscious with all kinds of worries about NOT SLEEPING that now I’m afraid I will “go there” again. Cripes.
    But my secret: White noise machine. Huge. HUGE. If everyone had a white noise machine, I bet you there would be fewer wars. But of course, it’s not green. It takes electricity to run it. I compensate by planting an extra row in my garden each summer. :P

  6. Wait a minute! – was that a “snoring husband” you mentioned?
    Snoring is one sign that someone may have sleep apnea, which causes what for some is an insidious kind of – yes – sleep deprivation(!) Not sayin’ it’s the case here, but the same muscle action (or lack of it) that makes for snoring, also makes for sleep apnea, which in turn can make one severely sleep deprived without your being aware of it, believe it or not.

  7. Thanks to you, when I woke up at 5:30 this morning, I told the pets to stuff it and I went back to sleep for another 90 minutes. That is a whole sleep cycle! Weight reports to come….

  8. I’m in! In bed by 10:30, lights out at 11 (Breathe Right strip firmly in place), gives me 7.5-8 depending when hubby pops in to wake me. 20-30 minutes Wii Fit Plus exercising completes the package. I feel like a new woman!

  9. Nurse Mary here. Just gotta say, for a knittin blog, you ladies are dispensing some excellent health advice. I worked many years of on-call duty and can attest to the need to snarf large amounts of calories the next day to keep me going–the metabolic/sleep connection is right on. Also glad to see someone recommending the earplugs, background noise machines, etc. to help spouses of snorers (SOS!) rest, but even better are the sleep-apnea warnings. SOS folks, get your loved ones checked for this, it can save their sleep/health and yours!

  10. Are you being facetious, with that last remark?
    (and am I spelling it right?)

  11. Hmmmm, if I could sleep all day for 7 days, I’d look like twiggy!

  12. Hi Ann,
    Through some mysterious event of all the Universe coming together, and a new job after months of unemployment and jacking up my sleep, and weight gain, and SAD, I, too, have embarked upon a Sleep Experiment, along with a few of my friends. This is Day 5 for me, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good, not frantic or depressed, or even fat, in spite of an apple pie in the oven and a mixed drink containing bourbon beside me! Taking the long view here…it feels really nice to not feel tired. I wish you luck, and know that in freezing-ass Georgia, I’m counting those REM cycles along with you!
    Sweet dreams (the only possible sign-off in 2010)

  13. Hi Ann,
    Through some mysterious event of all the Universe coming together, and a new job after months of unemployment and jacking up my sleep, and weight gain, and SAD, I, too, have embarked upon a Sleep Experiment, along with a few of my friends. This is Day 5 for me, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good, not frantic or depressed, or even fat, in spite of an apple pie in the oven and a mixed drink containing bourbon beside me! Taking the long view here…it feels really nice to not feel tired. I wish you luck, and know that in freezing-ass Georgia, I’m counting those REM cycles along with you!
    Sweet dreams (the only possible sign-off in 2010)

  14. Hi Ann,
    Through some mysterious event of all the Universe coming together, and a new job after months of unemployment and jacking up my sleep, and weight gain, and SAD, I, too, have embarked upon a Sleep Experiment, along with a few of my friends. This is Day 5 for me, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good, not frantic or depressed, or even fat, in spite of an apple pie in the oven and a mixed drink containing bourbon beside me! Taking the long view here…it feels really nice to not feel tired. I wish you luck, and know that in freezing-ass Georgia, I’m counting those REM cycles along with you!
    Sweet dreams (the only possible sign-off in 2010)

  15. Hi Ann,
    Through some mysterious event of all the Universe coming together, and a new job after months of unemployment and jacking up my sleep, and weight gain, and SAD, I, too, have embarked upon a Sleep Experiment, along with a few of my friends. This is Day 5 for me, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good, not frantic or depressed, or even fat, in spite of an apple pie in the oven and a mixed drink containing bourbon beside me! Taking the long view here…it feels really nice to not feel tired. I wish you luck, and know that in freezing-ass Georgia, I’m counting those REM cycles along with you! Thanks for all the linkage and encouragement!
    Sweet dreams (the only possible sign-off in 2010)

  16. omg, somehow I managed to post this thrice! Sorry for taking up so much of your space!

  17. If your husband says you look like Heidi Klum, this sleep thing is working! I’m perimenopausal and therefore sleep deprived, so I’ll bet my husband is thinking I look more like the creature from the Black Lagoon…of course, he knows better to keep his mouth shut…

  18. Wow, i might actully have an excuse to sleep more, this sounds like it is worth a try, who am i kidding it sounds like a good idea, but i belive in the old fasioned way of losing weight, you know starving your self to the point of thiness.

  19. In all seriousness, have you seen any changes?

  20. A seriously adorable Olive in a seriously adorable and fashionable sweater!