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No Sleep

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First I have to say that I am impressed…blogs about sleep get a lot of hits. I thought that was kind of interesting.

So the topic was how long have you gone without sleep? I would as probably 36 hours but it could have been longer…I have no recollection. When I was younger going without sleep was no big deal but as I have gotten older I want to sleep every night…no matter what.

In my twenties I worked 2 jobs. I was at the first job by 7:30 am to leave at 4 and be at the next job by 4:30 or 5pm. Worked until 9 and then had to play until closing or some such crazy thing. There were even times that we would hit Denny’s or Shari’s for breakfast before going home for a nap to start all over again. I usually had Friday nights off and would crash big time until Saturday am.

Since those days and having children my sleepless nights have not really been for fun. I was up one night taking a friend to the ER and didn’t get home until 8 am so I took a nap…thank goodness the kids were in school. I have spent sleepless nights with sick kids…those can be the hardest nights.

Hubby and I have had some late night discussions that resulted in no sleep but we never go to bed angry. LOL

There are times when we think that sleep is over rated but I will honestly say that I am all for the over rated right now. Good Night All

Speaking of Sleeping

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Speaking of sleeping, it seems that my children suffer from the same ailment that I do, as far as sleep is concerned. They never seem to have gotten enough sleep and they have trouble falling asleep…or could it be that they only have trouble going to bed?

I have a mixed opinion on this problem. I realize that they very well could have troubles sleeping but I also think that they just never want to go to bed…they are afraid they will miss something important.

I am frequently amazed that what I hear as excuses…I’m hungry cause dinner didn’t taste that good (said child ate all her dinner), I’m hungry again (ate enough for 4 kids), I am scared (this one just makes me laugh…you have never been scared before but if you keep this up I will give you something to be scared of). These are just a few of the never-ending tale of excuses.

Last night Joey was mad at Veronica because she kept asking him to do things for her…he came down to talk to me about it and low and behold she had to follow, so he turns to her and says, “Now your legs want to work.” Got that taken care of and I never saw them again til morning.

Sleep or Lack Thereof

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Oh there are many nights that I have trouble sleeping. There was a point when I would fall asleep around 10pm only to wake up at 2am and stay awake til 3-3:30am. Lately I have not fallen asleep until anywhere between 11 and midnight or even later if I really get sucked into a book or a movie.

My mom said that in our 40’s we are full of energy…not sure that it is energy but it is something.

I will fall asleep and then I end up waking up still and have spent up to 2 hours awake. When that happens I can easily sleep until 8 am or later.

What keeps we awake? My books at times…they really suck me in and I have woken up wanting to find out what happens next. I have an occasional nightmare or that “falling” sensation that startles me awake. I suffer from heartburn and that wakes me up many nights so I have to walk around, take some tums, prop up my pillows so I am practically sitting up to hopefully fall back to sleep before day light. Sometimes I think that I stress about things I have no control over in my life while I am sleeping and that causes my heartburn.

I think I have control issues…there is no control when we are sleeping and I guess I don’t like that. I have been known to stay up too late watching a movie and then I start thinking about it. Maybe I just think too much. Is that truly possible? Probably, but is thinking too much a bad thing? I guess that would depend on how we put our thoughts to use after the fact.

I think I will think on this some more and get back to you….