I have always been a tremendously light sleeper. Seriously, a mosquito buzzing can wake me up (and ruin a night's sleep for me.) One reason my kids are such good sleepers, I've always thought, was because when they were little, it didn't bother me a bit to get up with them at night. I was totally relaxed over the sleeping thing, and I am almost the only one of my friends who never had to Ferberize. (Don't hate me, because I more than made up for it in my complete and utter anxiety/stupidity regarding introducing the kids to food.)

The problem is that everyone in my house now sleeps through the night except for me.

LAST night, the night went something like this:

11:30 I turn out the light (I'd had an espresso earlier in the day.)

12:49 My old dog Sydney is, you can't make this stuff up, barking in her sleep. I hobble down the stairs and pat her down.

1:15 I turn on the light and read a little bit to help myself fall asleep.

1:53 I look at the clock for the last time before falling asleep.

3:38 Jane appears by my bedside. She has had a bad dream. Naturally, she's the child who has inherited my sleep patterns so it takes her at least 45 minutes to fall back to sleep, during which she tells me a very complicated story which I can't remember now.

5:03 The last time I look at the clock.

6:37 The garbage truck comes a'callin'. Nanny nanny boo boo, I'm totally ready for you guys! Big raspberry from up here on the second floor...

Where I am wide awake, thank you.

I get up and head downstairs to make some more espresso. I'm going to need it.

I wish I could tell you that this is an odd night for me but it's more normal than abnormal. And on the nights when no one is barking in her sleep, or having bad dreams or driving a huge freaking truck with shrieking brakes down my street (not that I'm bitter), I still get up at least once and wander through the house and maybe do a little reading.

But hey, there is only a 20% chance of rain in the forecast for today and after the kids leave for camp (yessss)and I do an abs tape and ride on my trainer (!) for a little while, I can take a nap.

And if it DOES rain, we can all go to Mexico without packing, simply by using the bags under my eyes.


Anonymous said…
Here is another example of how we are alike. I've never understood the whole ferberizing thing - and kudos to those who it has worked for but it's just not for me. Unfortunately, I believe that my kids have learned from my horrible example. Ben is a terrible sleeper (always has been) and Jessie - she has spurts of being a terrible sleeper.

One of my all time biggest wishes is that I could magically begin sleeping through the night. Everybody would be so much happier.

Have an extra espresso for me.
hokgardner said…
Husband and I went to the beach for the weekend, and I slept through the night for two nights in a row for the first time in like a year and a half. We came home and baby boy slept through the night, but I didn't, which isn't unusual. My editor is now used to getting e-mails from me at 2 in the morning.

Maybe we should start an Austin insomniacs club.
Anonymous said…
I'm not going to say that you need to do this, but…
…when I started having trouble sleeping, I found that I had to decaffinate myself so I now have decaf latte in the morning. And that vitamin B complex so wired me that I only use it when I need to get a lot done [I'm, as they say, built for comfort not for speed, so my usual way to go about things is languidly].
Anonymous said…
I take an all natural, like non-toxic whole food! Ever since my best friend told me about it I have not slept better. I am such a light sleeper myself.. I can totally relate to the mosquito in the ear! I started taking it and after 3 weeks on it I started sleeping through the night for the first time in my life!!!!

Anyway, here's her site if you care to see:
Barb Matijevich said…
I love that! I, too, am "built for comfort and not for speed." (Actually, the way I'm built now, I'm sort of built to sit on the couch nad have people bring me things.)

I will definitely check out the herbal/all natural remedy. I took Melatonin for a while and every single time I dreamed that one of my children died. My dreams were so vivid that even if I slept through the night, I would wake up spent and sweaty. My husband takes it with no problem, though.

But, um, I'm not sure I can decaffinate myself without checking into a 12-step program somewhere... Can you imagine the fall-out?

On my 'fridge, I have a New Yorker cartoon that shows these two soldiers hiding behind a bunker while in the distance you can see things blowing up, etc. The caption says, "I've never seen Mom this angry before." It'd be like that, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said…
Barb, as someone who never had trouble sleeping through the night I can't imagine getting so little sleep! Well, actually right now I can since Hannah and I are up at least 3 times during the night but luckily she tends to fall back asleep nursing. I will probably be up that much to check on her even when she starts sleeping longer any way since I am a little nuerotic about her at night. I I can't wait for school to start so I can nap with the peanut!
Anonymous said…
Ahh, yes....the joys of insomnia. That's one of the things no one told me before having children, that I would Never Sleep Through The Night Again.
I'm with ya on the melatonin, Barb. It gave me gusher nosebleeds (that kept me up anyway, so what's the point of taking it?) It's to the point now where I can tell what time it is without looking at the clock....the hour between 3:00-4:00 am is verrrry quiet.
I think cutting out alcohol completely would probably help a lot, but - perish the thought! Love the NY'er cartoon image. Happy napping!
Anonymous said…
And I thought I was the only person near my age who shares nights like this. I am such a light sleeper hubby and I have to sleep in seperate rooms ( and I am only 30 something). Every little thing wakes me up, if he lets out one little snore or breathes heavy I am up for two hours. Tonight if the dogs wake me up I will say high to them for you. I tend to read and or knit to get myself relaxed enough to get back to sleep.