Monday, May 21, 2012

Don't Bother Me... I'm Sleepin'

I hate being woken in the middle of the night. Whether its by my muse, my hubby, the kids (usually when its storming), or a crying baby (once upon a time), there is nothing more sure to make my mood take a nosedive.

 I've always found this kind of weird. After all, if I didn't have children and a day job, I'd be nocturnal. Stay up really late at night and sleep half the morning. That's my natural sleep rhythms. So I should be happy to be up during the night, right? But once I fall asleep, I don't like being woken up. At all. And as an 8-hour-per-night girl, there's a lot of opportunity for it to happen.

I do think there are a few things that contribute to the interrupted sleep melodrama: 1. I sleep really hard. I can usually fall asleep within a few minutes (15 at the most) and sleep very deep until early morning, when I start to toss and turn. 2. Once interrupted, I have a very difficult time going back to sleep. Especially if I have to get up and move, which can lead to hours of wishing I was asleep but simply laying there. I've tried getting up and doing something, but then I'm just grumpier from being up in the middle of the night, because with kids, you're up by 7 whether you want to be or not.

 At least, that's my explanation, and I’m sticking to it. :)

 So tell me, after you noctural, or one of those weird people who love daybreak?


 P.S. This blog post brought to you by the cat that threw up in my bed last night!


Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Both. I stay up late and get up early. I don't require a lot of sleep and I hate to miss anything.

Though I am rarely sick, when I am, I sleep a lot.

Andrea Laurence AKA Smarty Pants said...

Given my ability to set my own hours, I stay up late and sleep late. Work kinda puts a kink in that plan, though. I sleep hard, but find that I can usually fall back asleep pretty easily, so when the dogs or whatever wake me up, I deal with it, then fall back asleep. Thank goodness, cause they wake me up usually every other night or so.

Kira Sinclair - AKA Instigator said...

I'm a night person. My ideal life involves staying up til midnight and waking up at 10AM. Like you, kids and work mean that doesn't happen...even on the weekends when it could. I also have a hard time falling back to sleep after I've been woken up. And because I live with 3 sleepwalkers and have had some scary experiences where someone could have gotten hurt if I didn't wake up, I'm a very light sleeper. So everything wakes me up. Somehow I make it work. Usually with naps. :-)


Playground Monitor said...

If God had intended for me to see the sunrise, He would have scheduled it later in the day.

In that perfect world that does not exist, I would work at night and sleep until 11-ish. But alas, I have a job that everyone just insisted I needed so that's out. I also have a sleep disorder -- restless leg syndrome -- that sometimes defies the medicines I take and either keeps me up with twitchy legs or has me waking at 5 AM like last Friday. I did have a nap Saturday afternoon because I was ready to crash and burn.

Been there, done that with kids and pets. Don't have it anymore and can't say I miss it.

Maven Linda said...

I'm one of those pesky morning people :-). I pop out of bed ready to go. I see almost all sunrises, and have to say it's a magic time of day, probably my favorite.

But after years of not sleeping well, not being able to go to sleep and stay asleep (I can count on one hand the number of times in the past twenty years that I've slept the night through), I've learned some things.

One: take magnesium around supper time. It'll help you sleep.

Two: also take a good multivitamin every day. If you cat nap instead of getting a good solid sleep, you're probably low on magnesium and niacin.

Three: melatonin is wonderful. Babies naturally produce a lot of it. Adults don't. So as the years pile up, you need to supplement your melatonin supply.

Four: If you have a digital clock, turn the face away from you. Make the room as dark as you can, and as cold as you can. People are conditioned to sleep better in cool, dark places.

Five: if your legs twitch, fold a heavy quilt and put over them. Don't know why, but for some reason that helps sometimes.

Angel said...

Maven Linda, I LOVE to sleep in a cold room. Snuggled under a blanket. even in the middle of summer. Besides the noise, its the main reason I sleep with a fan.

Looks like I'm not alone in the night owl family! I dream of the day when I can stay up late and sleep in - but by then I'll have gotten up at 6:20am for so many years, I probably won't be able to sleep in anymore.