The weather has been a bit odd of late. Over the holiday season and for a few days after, it was bitterly cold, with temperatures down in the -20 range. Then we got a warming trend and it was up to 57 here yesterday. This morning at 4:30 when I got up it was 15 degrees. So yeah, the weather has been strange.
We’ve had wild temperature swings like this before, but it’s pretty rare. It usually doesn’t get that cold, that early in the season. We generally don’t see long stretches of frigid temperatures like that until mid-January, not before Christmas. And we usually don’t see a mid-winter thaw like this until, well, mid-winter.
It will be interesting to see what the rest of the season is like. As of right now the predictions are we’re going back to more typical temperatures in the low teens, with a chance for heavy snow on Monday.
So, why am I up at 4:30 in the morning… Can’t sleep again. It’s more than a little frustrating. I don’t know if it’s age, the medication I’m on or what, but for some time now I’ve been going through bouts of insomnia. I’ll sleep for about four hours, then wake up and can’t get back to sleep again.
There doesn’t seem to be any kind of relationship between the insomnia and any kind of specific behavior or medication or food or anything like that. And it doesn’t happen every night. But it happens often enough that it is very, very annoying, maybe twice a week. It isn’t like I have to worry about going to a job or driving when I’m tired. Being retired does have it’s advantages. But even so, trying to run on about 4 or 5 hours of sleep is a pain in the neck.