Report from Louisiana: Sleep Anxiety

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – As this lockdown continues, I have seen more and more people comment on the disruption of their sleep patterns, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to experiencing this myself.

In a normal world, I am in bed by 10 and up by 5:15. I am a teacher and have to be at work at 7:05 (although I always get there about 6:40.) On the weekend I might sleep until 7 or 7:30. In this new Covid-world, I have been waking up at all hours of the night and sleeping later in the morning. I mean, wide awake at 3:00 kind of awake. And what difference does it make? I don’t have to wake up at 5:15, I’ll tell myself.

It is odd to me because I don’t feel especially stressed or worried about anything; I haven’t lost my job or my pay. I do not suffer food insecurity. I’m not any more worried about bills than I ever am. Nobody in my immediate family is ill. And, overall, I’m basically perfectly content staying at home, so what’s the problem?

Many people are reporting disruptions in sleep right now and there is an explanation for this:

Stress is both the short and the long answer. Whether it’s insomnia, daytime sleepiness, struggling to stay awake in the evenings or waking earlier than usual (or, if you’re really lucky, a combination), sleep-disturbance is a well-documented manifestation of stress. And while stress is usually a precursor to the fight-or-flight response we’re in the slightly odd situation where having to reckon this stress is wreaking havoc on our bodies while we’re safe in lockdown in our homes. We are in a high-alert state; our brains busily preparing our bodies for dealing with disaster, even if it doesn’t fall into our direct path.

In short, our stress hormones are on overload. Compounding the problem, we are not releasing stress in some of our more typical ways like going to the gym or socializing with friends, so everything stays all bottled up. We eventually run out of closets to clean out, fences to paint, garages to clean out.

Experts have many recommendations for easing this sleep anxiety that many of us seem to be facing, such as limiting screen time before bed, avoiding too much news, avoiding sugar, and eliminating that afternoon nap.

Face it, our world is different now and may never be the same. Certainly many of the social distancing policies we now practice will remain part of our daily lives for some time to come. Maybe this is part of our anxiety.

As states now begin to figure out ways to reopen and get back to a new normal, perhaps we can all get a good sleep.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

Five Quick Thoughts Under the Fedora, To Report or no, Hats off, Still not Reade, Red Dead work, and a deal with the Devil

Mayor DeBlasio has asked New Yorkers to take photos of people who are violating social distancing to report them. My question is what happens if the folks in question happen to be Illegal Aliens? Are they to be reported for social distancing or will they be exempt?

I think that’s an excellent question that deserves an answer.

I’m told they’re talking about a May 15 re-opening in Massachusetts. Can’t wait to go to the bank wearing a mask and see if I’m told: “I’m sorry we have a no hat policy, can you take it off please?”

The really amazing thing about what we’ve seen from the left can be summed up from a single line from this piece about Tara Reade at Mother Jones (via Hotair):

 The Mother Jones story states “Eight national organizations that advocate for sexual violence survivors did not respond to a request for a comment or interview.” These national organizations who exist solely to deal with issues like this are sitting in the background, choosing not to say anything which might damage the candidate. In other words, they are behaving just like Joe Biden himself.

I find it hilarious that people like Bernie Sanders have been asked about this but Joe Biden has not.

During the Quarantine I watched my son play the game Red Dead Redemption 2 for a while, which isn’t so much a game as it is a choose your own adventure move but there is one thing that caught my eye.

There are various mundane chores that you can do from feeding and bushing horses to hauling sacks and working around the camp that if done give you “honor” points and “experience”.

I wonder how many people who you have to get on their cases to take out the trash or clean their rooms, rake leaves, or sweep a floor don’t mind virtually doing the type of mundane tasks necessary for life?

A thought just hit me yesterday

It’ would fit his MO.

DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Monday 12:35 AM Edition. Crying Brian and the List

Today on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court we talk about this list of things that the Corona-Wuhan-CCP virus has revealed and about this excellent piece in response to Brian Stelter’s amazing look at me twitter cry for help.

If you awake and ready to roll you can watch the livestream here

Of course that link works even if you watch it after the fact.