When I actually sleep through the night, I feel like a human being. When I don’t, I feel like I need to eat carbs and drink caffeine continuously throughout the day in order to get through even the most mundane tasks. It used to be if my children slept through the night, I felt half-way human. Rolling into the office on four hours of sleep was a norm, so Ibuprofen and tea were my best friends. (Not so good for my health, hence why I chose the independent consulting route, although I still like to consider tea my BFF, after my husband, kids, dog, and dearest family and friends.) My hormones recently turned 40 too, causing me to experience random bouts of hormone-induced insomnia. When I do sleep, it’s glorious. I’m talking about 6 ½ straight hours. Nothing major, just uninterrupted sleep. Sleep without being awakened by my kids. Sleep without making that ubiquitous mommy list at 1 a.m., circa Sarah Jessica Parker. Sleep without freaking out about how much I need to do the next day or stressing that I’m going to be too tired to do it. Sleep without glancing at the clock at 12:13 a.m., 1:23 a.m., 3:02 a.m., 4:02 a.m. and counting how many more hours I can sleep without oversleeping and forgetting to get up in time for get my kids ready for school. I once slept until 7:52 a.m. and was the ONLY person up in my family. (This NEVER used to happen when the kids were little. They would run into our room at the crack of you know what and get me out of bed. I loved seeing their little bodies jump in the middle of our bed, but didn’t look forward to the exhaustion that followed.) Now that they are older, 7 and 10, they tend to sleep later, which is a blessing and a curse. Basically, this means if I don’t get up, no one else does. (Including my husband, who has a gift of being able to fall asleep instantly.)
14 Wednesday Dec 2011
Posted General Mommentaryin
I am CRACKING up. Thanks! It feels so good to know I’m not alone! Last night, Maureen, I had the night you had. And Shannon Beth, vacuum when your son’s friends are over too, that’ll be sweet revenge!
My biggest fear is when I do wake up, it’s dark out and peer over at the alarm clock …I want it to say 5 something am…that would mean I did it! I slept thru the night! I am going to feel great today! But it says12:27am!!! What the…? This is after taking tylenol pm or my “natural” sleep aids at 9pm and in bed by 10pm! I was exhausted…I thought for sure…UGH!…another 5 hours to go and I just lay there, listening to my husband snore, dogs shuffle in their beds and the occasional crash from the cat in the other room with the Christmas tree ornaments. I’m hot, cold hot, cold…blankets off, on, off, on. 3 something and I’m thinking about how I’m going to be dragging the next day. 4 something and I finally doze… then wake to the alarm at 5:20a. Lord help me….this is going to be another long day.
Shannon Beth Engravalle said:
My son is 16 months old and I can count ONE hand how many times I’ve been able to sleep through the night since he was born. No one could have prepared me for the sleep deprivation that comes with having a child. It’s downright debilitating. My vision is blurry. I walk out of a room and completely forget what I was doing. I have trouble forming sentences . . . there simply is not enough eye cream in the world to make me look rested. MAMA REVENGE: when Jake’s a teenager I will return the favor by waking him up early on Saturday by vacuuming his room and asking questions like “do you have clean underwear?”
I can’t believe this happens to you too! I got up at 4:45 today and made cinnamon buns. Now I’m ready to go back to bed (it’s7:06)(am)
Katy – I’ve been there, woman!