I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this before. It’s such a bizarre phenomenon. It all started almost a year ago.
Whenever I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night I invariably have to sneeze. Sometimes, if I’m patient, I can stand by the bed until the sneeze comes. But usually it’s only after I’ve snuggled down under the covers that sneezing occurs. And I am no dainty sneezer. Poor Dr. M - I’m sure I startle him awake (he’s been too polite to mention it).
I have tried to come up with explanations for this explosive dead of night sneezing. I thought maybe it was our laundry detergent, or dust on my nightstand. But we’ve had those same things for YEARS (I’m not much of a housekeeper, as you well know). AND I do the sneezing thing on vacations and at my dad’s house. It’s a mystery.
So I’ve finally decided that it can only be explained by one thing. As I approach peri-menopause I have developed an allergy to going back to bed once awakened. An allergy that is apparently not soothed by my nightly Claritin. I’m a little traumatized by the whole concept - one of the great pleasures of life is to wake at 3:00 in the morning, go to the bathroom, & realize that you have another 3 hours to sleep. What if this sneezing starts interfering with that? Is the answer to wear adult diapers & not have to get up? Will I start having sneeze induced insomnia?
Hi, my name is Bug, and I have a sneeze disorder.*
* I am being a tad overdramatic - I usually only sneeze once & then go right back to sleep. Still, weird, right?