I've had trouble getting sufficient sleep for many years. From what I gather, this is a problem for women more often than men, at least the women I've talked to, and usually women who are middle-aged and older. Cliff certainly has no trouble getting his rest. I tend to go right to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, but sometime after midnight I'll wake up and have problems going back to sleep.
I keep over-the-counter sleep aid pills around. Sometimes those seem to help, other times not. Whether they help me sleep on a particular night or not, I wake up groggy from them the next morning. Plus, I don't like to take them more than a couple of times a week.
Last week I was in the pharmacy section at Costco picking up some fish oil tablets (supposed to be good for the heart) and passed bottles of melatonin tablets on display. I remember taking those pills years ago; but for the life of me I can't remember how well they worked. If they worked, why did I stop taking them? Maybe I started sleeping OK without them. The stuff must have helped, because I remember telling others about it. You can read about it HERE, on WebMD.com. That seems to be a fairly trustworthy medical site.
I have taken a pill at bedtime on each of the last two nights, and have definitely slept better. I still wake up two or three times, but I go right back to sleep. Maybe it's just a coincidence. If you are thinking about trying it, be sure and go to the link I shared above and click on the tabs for "side effects" and "interactions". Or if you've had experience with melatonin, give me your feedback.
It's been over two years since I got a knee replacement on my left knee, and I haven't said a lot about it, so here goes: If I had it to do over again, I probably would not have the operation. Why? Because the left knee aches just as much as the right under most circumstances. When riding for long periods in the car, for instance, or when I spend lots of time standing in one spot. The surgical knee does not "catch" any more, and my other one does. Other than that, I can't see a big difference in how my knees feel. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend a lot of time regretting my decision. I get by fine. Cliff and I go for our walk every day. As long as I am at home, barefoot, I seldom have pain in either knee. When I do, Tylenol or aspirin work wonders. For some reason, wearing shoes makes my knees hurt. Both knees. Equally. Most people I've spoken with are quite happy with their knee replacements, saying the pain is totally gone. And then there's my cousin, who had the surgery shortly before I had mine: He has more pain since the procedure than he had before. His knee hurts all the time.
I don't intend to have my other knee done, no matter what.
Knee replacements aside, did you ever people-watch at Walmart (or anyplace, really) and watch older people get out of their cars? They all walk funny until they've taken a few steps. Both Cliff and I do this, and laugh at ourselves as we limp along.