On Monday I could barely stay awake while I watched an episode of "Wow Wow Wubbzy" with my four year old. For the past 6 nights in a row I have been startled awake from a deep sleep by:
a. my daughter who was scared because it was too windy outside
b. our dog who for some unknown reason started barking hysterically in the middle of the night
c. my husband getting home late from work
d. my youngest son who was scared because it was too dark in his room
e. habit...I've been awake in the middle of the night for enough nights now that my body is getting used to it.
I think it is killing me. Sunday morning I found myself watching the Australian Open live at 4am because I was so mad at being woken up that I couldn't begin to fall asleep.
What is going on in my house? Is everyone conspiring to wake me up in the night just so I can fall off the deep end?! :) I don't know about you, but not only do I want 8 hours of sleep each night, I NEED 8 hours of sleep at night so I can function. Not just function, but be productive and not snap at everyone around me or threaten to take the dog away to some nice farm far, far away. (Do you know how scarey it is to be startled out of a deep slumber by a barking dog?) Sleep for me is not a luxury, it's a necessity.
The way I figure it I've missed about three hours of sleep for the past 6 nights which means that in order for me to make up the lost sleep, I would need to stay in bed an extra 18 hours.
We all know that's not going to happen.
It feels like when my kids were babies and I'd go to bed wondering what the night would be like and just praying I could get 4 hours of sleep before getting up.
I know that "this too shall pass". I just hope I don't pass out before all is said and done.