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October 1, 2009

Menopause Ministry


If you’re up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, you are not alone. Experts suspect that as many as 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia . Chances are, you might know (or be) one of them.

At about 3 this morning, I did what I really try not to do in the middle of the night (but I had to do something while my milk was warming in the microwave)—I went to the computer and to my Facebook page. My post? “Again, sleepless in Chicago. What is with this?” By now, my Facebook friends know that insomnia has been plaguing me about every other night. And some of them, too. Throughout the night, and morning, I've received a dozen FB notes of sympathy and solutions, not unlike those I received just a few weeks back: Tylenol or Advil PM, Ambien, Benedryl, 5HTP, exercise (but not before bed), hot milk, a “Night Nurse Cocktail,” no liquor before bed, a glass of red wine before bed, reading but no TV, etc.

In the meantime, I’ve simply dubbed this my “Menopause Ministry.” If you have something you need me to pray about in the middle of the night, I’ll gladly add it to my prayer list. Like I said, in the middle of the night, I'm not the only one not sleeping.

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