Monday, February 13, 2012

Sleep Deprived

A mother knows what true sleep deprivation is.  It begins at conception with the frequent trips to the bathroom during the night.  Luckily, in the beginning you are usually able to go right back to sleep.  Which is good because your body is exhausted.  By the end of the pregnancy, you wake at every turn, pee every 5 minutes and just want the kid out so you can sleep.  But the last laugh is on you.  You will never sleep again.  At least not for the next year.  Or however long you plan to continue to have babies.  So as a mother, when the occasional night of restless sleep happens we can blow it off and say, "I can swing this." But there's the catch...you can't.

You are older, you don't have one child you have more than one.  They are growing.  Causing you worry.  Fighting over dumb stuff.  Making messes.  Being noisy.  Asking for a snack for the third time in an hour.  You have errands to run, a week to plan, and soon your list is filling your head and sleep is being pushed further and further away.

I used to say I had insomnia.  I don't anymore.  True insomnia is defined as waking every 1 to 2 hours and then falling back to sleep.  Nothing woke you, you just simply wake up.  And just like that you fall back asleep.  It's not good sleep.  You need straight sleep.  Lying awake thinking about things night after night is not insomnia.  It is anxiety, depression, excitement...etc.*

What do you do when you find you can not sleep?  Do you count sheep?  Do you read?  Do you go on your Smartphone?  TV?  PC?  Do you eat?  Drink some milk?  Write?  Fold laundry?(I did this once!) 

*  I am not a doctor (but I play one on TV) if you are having nightly bouts with anxiety please talk to your doctor...you know the real one. ;)

8 comments:

VandyJ said...

I have insomnia. I wake up and just can't go back to sleep. IT sucks. I'm tired, but sleep is so elusive.
I also have kidsomnia some nights where it is a small person who keeps me from sleeping. Both forms stink.

becca said...

sleep is not a promblem for me i can sleep anywhere anytime.

Nicole said...

In college someone told me to stare at my computer screen because it would stress my eyes out and cause me to go to sleep. I have been known to count myself to sleep though. Some nights I lose count and start over at 1 a lot. Sometimes I've been known to count backwards. Some days I count to 100 over and over and over.

MiMi said...

I lay there like an idiot. Seriously. You'd think I'd do something productive, but I don't.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'll give it a while to see if I can fall back, but if it goes more than an hour, I just get up and go on the computer until I get sleepy again.

Emmy said...

I have only had a few times where I couldn't get back to sleep, I just tossed and turned and got mad I think :)

Shell said...

I am constantly woken up. Usually by the kids or by my husband who is snoring.

I'm so tired!

mormonhermitmom said...

I had a doctor that told me if I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep to get up and do something until I got tired again. I never actually did that. I did try reading until I got tired. But you have to have boring book, a page turner just keeps you awake.