Day 383: Waking up around 3:30

On Day 40, when I was visiting an old friend in South Carolina, I wrote a post titled “I’ve been waking up around 3:30 throughout this vacation.”

Last week, I visited a different old friend (whom I hadn’t seen in several decades), and he told me this: He often wakes up in the middle of the night around the time of his father’s death.

Last night, I woke up around 3:30, again.

I wonder what the time of my mother’s death was?  I know it was during the middle of the night.

There are many possible explanations for my waking up at 3:30, last night:

  1. I ate some food for dinner, which was very delicious the first time I tasted it, but less delicious the second time.
  2. I might have sleep apnea.  For those of you reading this who think I should have a sleep study done as soon as possible, I’M WORKING ON IT, OKAY?
  3. My subconscious had lots of ideas about my next blog post.
  4. Lots of people, including me, seem to have forgotten (or never learned) how to sleep, which is pretty incredible, when you think about it, since sleeping should be natural for human beings, much like — say — breathing and eating.
  5. Oh.

I’m sure there were lots more reasons why I might have woken up last night around 3:30, including the fact that it’s Full Moon Time.  Lots of smart people I know remark on the importance of the full moon, and how it affects us.

When I looked out into the Wide Wide Internet last night and this morning, I saw many people sharing photos of the moon, including:


(thanks to Mark Bialczak)


(thanks to Poesy plus Polemics, plus Anonymously Uncool from

And here’s one (plus a poem I especially appreciated), from Fool’s Blog  …


… which reminds me of the one I took, full of wonder, last night:


So even though the current full moon is the smallest of 2014:


(left to right, front row:  Current “Minimoon”; “Super Moon” expected 8/10/14) 1

…. it still has a big effect. And that effect may have included my waking up around 3:30, last night.

Thanks to friends old and new, my mother, my fellow bloggers, moon-y people everywhere, and to you — of course! — for showing up today.

  1.  My main reasons for creating this footnote were (a) to let you know that I blogged, here, about some past pursuits of Super Moons  and (b) to continue my practice doing footnotes here at WordPress. However, I also have to comment on that photo. It’s doctored, people! I mean, look at it!  When have you ever seen two moons in one photograph? Also, look at the caption.  The moon on the right IS FROM THE FUTURE. Oh, and thanks to The Mother Nature Network.
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52 thoughts on “Day 383: Waking up around 3:30

  1. I normally wake up about 3:00 to 3:30 every morning. It may be from all the years I got up about 3:30 am to go to work, but I can’t say.

  2. You list five possible reasons for the wee-hour wake up, Ann. I think it all comes down to a busy mind. That’s what gets me up and keeps me up, in any case. Now, those moon shots! Thank you for including mine in your terrific gallery. My favorite of the bunch, however, is … drum roll, please … yours! Moon over Boston is awesome. Thank you for sharing the research about the full-moon sizes, too. Now I must put an alert for Aug. 14 in my calendar.

  3. i like to blame it on the moon, myself
    if not the dog barking next door!
    may you sleep restfully 🙂

  4. Interesting theory with the full moon (I have woken up every night for the past few nights at 3:00, but I think it is mainly just major jet lag). Now for the real reason, I agree with Mark above: a busy mind.

  5. findingmyinnercourage

    Love this Blog, extremely thought provoking. I will definitely remember this as I gaze at the full moon in the wee hours of the morning when I am wide awake.

  6. One of my students told me that if you wake up at the same time every night, it’s to do with one of your organs trying to tell you something. So if you wake up at 2, maybe it’s your liver, 3 – kidneys etc. Not sure what time relates to which organ though! I can’t remember what she called it but there have been books written on it seemingly!

    • Thanks for this comment (I am always so glad to see you). Here are some of my thoughts on reading this: Eeeek! Something might be wrong with one of my organs! Which one is it? And what if my organs get confused because of time changes and traveling across time zones? How am I supposed to figure out which one needs my attention?

  7. I’m an early girl — 4am. No reason except I love the watching the sun come up — that early light. It’s been like that since I was a kid. I used to see it as a curse, now I see it as a something else. So when the moon is out so bright it kinda throws me a bit. Watching that interaction of light from light to light moon to sun is quite interesting. But I digress. You’re not sleeping. And that’s not a good thing. So hopefully this is an anomaly of sorts — and if its not, then you’ll need to go down the list of things to change to get you back to sleep (I’d try for more info). In the meantime, I’d try and enjoy it. It’s quiet fascinating how new and beautiful the world seems so early in the morning. Fresh, clean –and like you get to start all over again. That’s how I see it anyways! Good luck (and its a pleasure to “meet” you!).

  8. I like to take pictures of the moon, but I always only have my phone with me, so I look at the moon and it’s huge, I take a picture and it is little bitty! 🙂 Loved the pictures.

    • Hi, Kate! I didn’t like my photo of the moon, for that very reason. The moon looked so much more beautiful in person (or in moon, I guess). Thanks for this lovely visit and comment.

  9. I have a similar problem. I typically wake up between 2 and 4 a.m. every night. Sometimes I can go right back to sleep. Others, I might be awake for up to 2 hours before I gratefully collapse back to sleep. For me, I don’t think there’s a particular rhyme or reason, but your observation has me wondering … hmmm. Just what might the culprit be? 😉

    • My friend Carol has quoted a theory that human beings are built to have two session of sleep, separated by some wakening. That might be why you, I, and others experience this very common problem. I don’t know that much about this theory; however, I do know that I’m very glad you dropped by and commented.

  10. Cool photos!

    In the past couple of days, but not sure where, I read something that explained the phenomenon of night wakefulness as part of our normal circadian rhythm. Just like people tend to have a phase of mid-afternoon sleepiness, there is an associated phase of mid-sleep wakefulness. Who knew it is just a circadian thing?!

  11. i tend to be an early riser, but quite often awaken at exactly 4:44. the morning is my favorite time of day, before everything begins, and it is still quiet and i look forward to the day ahead.

  12. I used to worry whenever I woke at 3:30 and wonder why I woke in the ‘middle of the night’. Now I think that anything past 3 am is just an early morning wake-up call, and I get up and start my day. .

  13. Those moon shots are spectacular! Especially the one above Wegman’s, because that is one of the greatest places on Earth. It might be what I miss most about living in upstate New York!

    • I’m so glad you commented. I hope that Mark, the Wegman’s photographer, will receive your praise (I shall do my best to make that happen). Thanks so much for the visit today.

    • Thank you Pinot. Yes, Wegmans can be sort of spectacular, moon rising or no.

  14. Your blog is a delight. I never know what to expect 🙂

  15. Pingback: Day 560: Wake Up | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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