March 01, 2011

Who Needs Sleep?

There is only one thing I truly miss about the "pre-kid" days. Sleep. I am not a morning person. I can't drink caffeine, so there's nothing to give me that extra edge in the morning. (I do like to think that if I could drink coffee I might actually be more motivated to get out of bed in the morning). I am not a night owl, either. I start to decompress by 7 pm-ish. I like to be in bed by 10 pm or close to it. Working two nights a week until 10 pm or midnight does not help me. Ideally, I need 8-9 solid hours of sleep. Like that's going to happen. On the nights I work, I'm lucky to clock 5 1/2 to 6 solid hours of sleep.
Before kids, Hubby and I worked opposite schedules. This made weekends glorious... at least when it came to sleep. He usually worked Saturday mornings and I was off... so I could sleep until my little heart was content. 
My daughters are up at the crack of dawn. No, that's a lie. They're usually up before the crack of dawn. It doesn't matter what time they go to bed. For them, 6:30 am is sleeping in. I've tried everything I can think of: heavy curtains, staying up late when there's no school the next day, wearing them out with walks, bike rides, etc. All this does is make them well-rested and ready to jump out of bed the next morning.
When I was a teenager I slept in on the weekends. I always wondered why my parents were up so early when they didn't have to be.  My mom claimed it was because she got used to getting up early when I was younger. I believed her... until now. As soon as my daughters understand (and act upon) the joy of sleeping in, you better not call my house too early because no one will answer.

7 comments:

Stephanie Barr said...

I believe and have always believed that people were morning people or not. I'm not, though I am a night owl. My kids (fortunately), also night owls and not morning people. Even the baby (nearly three) will stay up to nine and beyond if given an opportunity.

Since my schedule gets me up before 6 during the week (and I CAN'T go to bed before midnight to one am), I'm grateful my kids usually don't wander in until nine on the weekend.

MaryAnne said...

I don't know how you handle working nights. My kids are up by 6:30 at the absolute latest, too. I'm just waiting for my kids to stop waking up at night - two of the three still don't get the whole let mom sleep until 5am at least please? thing.

Quadmama said...

I'm still not used to working nights, even if it's only two a week. At least Christmas is over so we're open no later than 11pm! (midnight from Thanksgiving to New Year). As for "what" I am? Since I'm not a morning person or a night owl, I guess I'm a "mid-afternoon" type of gal.

Sandi said...

I know what you mean. My problem right now is school AND kids. I am in nursing school so sleep is something of a distant memory. I am up at 4 a.m. most days and some nights I do not sleep at all. I really mean I do not go to sleep because they give us SO much paperwork to do prior to our clinicals. I finished printing off my last paper around 3:30 a.m. once. I usually find it pointless to even try once I am done with the paperwork because it usually ends up being around an hour of sleep at most. I am ready to graduate! On my days off I still have to get my children up for school. I try to get a nap sometimes, but I have a 3 year old so it doesn't always work out!

Quadmama said...

Any time I feel tired, I will think of you!

Holly Ann said...

Same story over here! My kids absolutely will not under any circumstances sleep past 5:30am. It literally makes me crazy.

reanbean said...

I really miss sleeping in too. T gets up with the kids every Saturday so I can sleep in, but usually I can't fall back to sleep while hearing them all playing just a few rooms away. So, I try to just enjoy the fact that I can be off-duty for a while, but what I would give for the real change to just sleep until I naturally woke up. It sounds so heavenly.

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