Find yourself tossing and turning at night, with your mind constantly running? Turns out you’re not alone. In fact, author Annabelle Gurwitch found that so many women wake up in the middle of the night she dubbed it “The 4 A.M. Club,” and made it a chapter in her new book, I See You Made an Effort. Here, Gurwitch comments on the most common sleep offenders that viewers mentioned on Facebook were keeping them up at night. AG: I hear you, Cheryl. I went to see my gynecologist about my menopausal symptoms and he said, “Stay…” There was a big pause and I just knew he was going to say stay happy or healthy or hydrated, but, no, he said, “Stay funny!” At least I don’t have to worry if a sense of humor is covered by my health insurance!
AG: Carol, me too! I hope you will get some laughs out of the excerpt from my new book on DoctorOz.com, it’s about getting diagnosed with osteoarthritis by a doctor with the worst bedside manner in the world. I went to a doctor who when I held up my achy hands said, “Oh, that? We just call that old lady hands.” I wanted to take my old lady hands put them around his neck and strangle him!
AG: I can totally relate. I also wake up wondering why my husband has asked me where the TV remote is when he can’t find it. Every day I spend hours looking for my keys and I haven’t seen my sunglasses in three years. I have menopausal brain!
AG: Oh, Stephanie, just you wait until your kids are teenagers! Even making eye contact is not allowed. Here’s what woke me up at 4 a.m. this week: I was stumped when my kid asked me what kind of computer I had brought to college with me!
AG: I can find myself at 4 a.m. waking up going over and over the same things, from important things in my life to the tiniest most ridiculous things. From where will we move my parents, who are aging and need to move into senior living, to why didn’t I buy those cowboy boots that were on sale in 1995–those boots would have changed the course of my life! I even panic if I take something to help me fall asleep. I wonder if I’ll get enough sleep so that I’ll feel rested or will I just be more tired at 7 a.m. when I need to get up. I hear you!
AG: I wake up at 4 a.m. wondering why I decided to take a vacation in the Sahara. And then realize, I’m in my own bed. I also wake up wondering if I will ever remember all the passwords to my accounts online, or user names and calculate how much of my life I am losing to having to reset those things because I can’t remember them!