Sunday, December 6, 2009

sleep

I am tired.

I somehow have this theory that I am invincible with sleep. I claim that I can live on very little of it. And, for the most part, I can...in small doses. I know people who have to have their eight hours each night, and I seem to do fine with four or five.

This week I was humbled once again when I came to grips with the fact that I do, in fact, need sleep. Way more sleep. I can do the four or five hours for one or two nights, but if I string those low-sleep nights together for longer than that, boy howdy, my family is in for it. Sure, I can get WAY more done. My most productive time is at night when the house is quiet and everyone's fast asleep. And then, of course I still have to get up in the morning. I have to practice with my kids. I have to get the lunches packed. I have to work out. I have to sign what seems like three thousand papers for teachers and remind the kids to be kind and send them out the door with kisses.

But I'm here to admit that although I got 39 projects done last week and discussed the world with my parents and my book club and and even snuck in a movie and seven loads of laundry, I also flipped out at my kids (and a couple of their friends) 42 times, and I gave Dave the "stink-eye" close to 100 times I'm sure (poor Dave...I'm a piece of work).

Sadly, the backrub-if-in-bed-by-10 deal with Dave was only a week long, gosh darn it.

So, I'm repenting, and heading to bed.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds about right! You are amazing! I had the opportunity to hear my friend Amie bear her testimony in her ward today and my favorite reminder from that was "Life isn't getting easier, but it sure is getting better". It's funny how all those things in our lives balance us out. I completely understand how so much of mood can hinge on a good night's sleep (hunger too, for me). Had a rough weekend, and I am pretty sure it is because I think too much instead of getting to sleep. :) Have a great week!

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  2. I am the same way...I don't need a lot of sleep, but for the past week I have been living on 4-5 hours a night and today I am tired, really tired.

    We were out of town this weekend and that doesn't help. So, I have to get some rest at some point this week...my goal to be in bed by 10:30...we will see if that happens...it is so early.

    Love your blog!

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  3. I just want to thank you for being so real. I have been following your blog for a while and I find that the things you post about parallel my life. We do all we can to do and be our best, but we're not perfect and that's ok. We just keep going. Keep up the good work! :)

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  4. Be careful--when I get that tired I get a cold or flu or something. But inevitably sleep deprivation happens to moms, eh? Someone once told me when Jake was a baby that I just needed to accept that I was going to be tired all the time.

    Night time is the best time to get stuff done. I find it so hard to stop once I get that second wind. It doesn't help when my husband works nights or is away.

    Hope you can get caught up...only to do it all over again! :)

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  5. I'm glad we had that talk last night about sleep! Good luck with this week1 Sleep is such a good thing!

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  6. I hear ya, sister! SO much more productive to not sleep, but it does take its toll one way or other :)

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