Two things happen to me on a semi-regular basis. Well, a lot of things happen to me on a semi-regular basis but I’m only going to mention two of them in this blog post. Frankly if I was to list all the things that happen to me on a semi-regular basis I’d be here all day and you’d be somewhere else because that would probably be THE MOST BORING BLOG POST IN THE WORLD, EVAH!

So I’ll limit it to two things that happen to me, mainly because there is no pattern as to when they happen and I’ve never been able to figure out what causes them.

Now let me just stress that these things are, in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal at all and they certainly aren’t things that I lie awake at night worrying over (that pleasure is reserved for trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL THE CAT HAS DRAGGED IN THIS TIME).

Well, that’s not quite true as one of the things is precisely that, waking up at 2am wide awake and no matter what I try I just know there is no point fighting it. So I get up, either watch TV for a few hours or aimlessly surf the internet and finally start feeling sleepy by about 5am. I go back to bed and get up at 6.30, bright and breezy and ready for another day at work. Or, you know, not.

Thankfully I’m usually pretty grumpy of a morning so no-one really notices.

I’ve tried cutting back on my caffeine intake but these ‘episodes’ happen on an irregular basis and it’s only a handful of times a year so it’s almost impossible to figure out why.

I won’t dwell on the second issue too much, but I do get nosebleeds now and then, again seemingly at random. I figure they are down to what is probably termed “local environmental artefacts”.

Or maybe I should just stop picking my nose…

The thing is that, in years gone past, I’d have worried and pondered and thought about these two things in great detail, scrutinising every scrap of evidence I could think of to try and understand the cause.

These days I just accept that they happen and it’s just another few things to add to the randomness that is life.

Some would say “older and wiser”, but I just think it’s acceptance that you just can’t understand everything.


  1. graybo said:

    Hmm. Can I be harbinger of doom here? My Dad (admittedly he is more than 40 years older than you) had repeated problems with nose bleeds last year. Turns out his blood pressure was much too high – he had no other symptoms. Put my mind at rest, and get yourself checked out. Might explain the sleeplessness too.

    December 11, 2009
  2. Christine said:

    I too suffer from nose bleeds. This time of year they tend to become more frequent. It’s a combination of when its cold outside you need to blow your nose more because well it’s cold outside. But on the flip side, when you are in the house, at work etc the heating is on which causes the air to be drier and less humid. So the 2 things added together, more stress from blowing your nose + dry air causes fragility in the old schnoze = blood vessels to pop and voila nose bleed. Try to create a more humid environment if possible. I used to keep a large bucket of water beside my radiator in the winter and that helped a little.

    The insomnia thing? I get it too. I put it down the body being uber confused about the time since we get so little daylight so it tries to make it’s own random schedule up.

    December 12, 2009
  3. James said:

    Nose bleeds could just be dry air that is common this time of year. When I was a kid, we had a humidifier, but It’s been a long time since I have seen one in anybodys house.
    Not to make light of “graybos'” Dad,… but nose bleeds from high blood pressure reminds me of some sort of releif valve for blood. Like on a car raidiator. -James

    December 15, 2009

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