Thoughtful Thursday: Sleepy

September 13, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

Welcome to the (belated) September Intelligentsia.

#35: Elana from Elana’s Musings
#30: A from Are You Kidding Me?
#29: Lost in Translation from We Say IVF, They Say FIV
#27: Strongblonde from Strong Blonde
#20: Ernessa from Fierce and Nerdy
#17: St. Elsewhere
#15: Lori from Write Mind Open Heart
#13: Ana from Ana Begins
#12: Cat
#10: Sara from Aryanhwy

Thoughtful ThursdayOh man, I am tired.

Before Burrito and Tamale came along, I liked to get 8 1/2 hours of sleep, and I almost always did. I felt that I didn’t function at maximum mental capacity with less than 8.

Now, 8 would be amazing.

8 is unimaginable. 7 is usually the best I can hope for; I can function fine on 7 hours. I can’t ever get myself to bed before midnight, both because of all of the things I have to do and because of my internal clock. Burrito and Tamale wake up around 7. So, that works out to 7 hours.

In actuality, I’m almost never in bed by midnight. Last night, I was up working until 1:40. Then Tamale woke up at 6:10. I definitely cannot function fine on 4 1/2 hours. With 6, I’m either not fully there mentally, or cranky, or I fall asleep in undesirable places like the bathroom floor or the bus — not usually all 3 problems on 6 hours, but at least one. Less than 6 and you’ll probably find me spacey and cranky until I eventually pass out on the kitchen floor. Last week I snuggled up with Burrito in his crib and then woke up 20 minutes later. My body does not fit in his crib.

But on the weekends? Oh, glorious glorious naptime. This past weekend for one of the naps, the twins and I all slept for more than 4 hours. 4 beautiful hours. And then at night I wasn’t sleepy and didn’t go to sleep until almost 2. And then the cycle continues — sleepy/nap, sleepy/nap, sleepy sleepy sleepy sleepy sleepy, sleepy/nap, sleepy/nap…

How much sleep do you need? How much sleep would you want? How much sleep do you get?

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13 Responses to “Thoughtful Thursday: Sleepy”

  1. St. Elsewhere Says:

    It is not just the number…it is the quality too. I would appreciate eight hours of uninterrupted night-time sleep.

    My need is my want too.

    How much sleep do I get? You should ask this question every week, so that I can respond to it in exact terms. In broad strokes, I get to sleep 10:30 pm – 4:30 am, with a couple of wake-ups in between, and then an hour of sleep more after her feed is done.

    I am unable to nap with her. As an individual, I have never enjoyed noontime naps. The only time they were fun and refreshing were when I was pregnant.

  2. Aryanhwy Says:

    9-10 is my optimum. I can do OK with 8 when it is bolstered by occasional naps. We’d been doing so well for a few weeks, Gwen went to bed between 7:30 and 8:00, woke up between 6:00 and 7:00 for a bottle and then went straight back to bed until between 8:00 and 9:00. I went to bed between 10:00 and 11:00, and it was bliss.

    The last few mornings, she hasn’t been going back to bed after that morning bottle. This morning she woke up at 5:50, and I thought I had a chance, so I put her back in her crib when she was done eating and went back to bed myself, but I heard her talking off and on until I got up again at 7:10; I know I slept some in there, but I don’t think she did, or if she did, it was only for about half an hour. It’s now 8:30, and I haven’t been able to get her to go down for her morning nap yet.

    I hate mornings.

  3. jjiraffe Says:

    Oh, sleep. I have a really messed up body clock, that loves to be up late and hates to be up early. I never feel like I have enough sleep. I just listened to a pop song that was about waking up at Twilight getting the day started then and I thought: I’d like that day Weirdness. I always that the answer to my problem was to work on a farm for a week, with the early hours and hard labor. That’d fix me up.?

  4. celiadelia Says:

    I get four to six. I need seven. I can’t even imagine choosing how much sleep I get. I have been getting between four and six for six months.

  5. Elana Kahn Says:

    Oh gosh…if I could get it, I would go for 9 hours. What I actually get? Usually 7 sometimes 6. I need at least 7, but can function on less if I really have to – and I have done it – after being called into a labor after 2 hours of sleep and not being able to go back to it until the next night. Oh my, sleep is precious.

  6. a Says:

    I used to be completely incoherent without my 8 hours. Yesterday, I went to bed at almost 11, woke up once at 12:30 to check my daughter, woke up again around 1:30 and was awake for a very long time, went back to sleep until 5:15, and then dozed until my alarm went off at 5:45. Have no idea how much actual sleep I got – I’m guessing mostly none. And yet, I am now mostly immune to the lack of sleep. Sigh.

    When I do get to sleep as long as I like, it’s about 7 – 7.5 hours. And I am happy to take a 2 hour nap at any time.

  7. Lavender Luz Says:

    Need 8. Want 8. Get 6-7.

    I don’t know how you keep up that pace. I forget how draining toddlers can be until I’m with them again. And yours are really good!

  8. strongblonde Says:

    i’ve always been a morning person. because of that i’ve generally gone to bed early my entire life. i used to get made fun of during my freshman year when i would go to bed at 10:30pm on a regular basis 🙂

    my current routine is: get up at 4:55am, go to the gym, come home at 7 when the kids are waking up (although they didn’t get up until 7:40 today), then go to bed around 9:15, lights out at 9:30 (except for this week since Game of Thrones has been keeping me up!!). So, i generally get somewhere between 7 and 8 hours a night, usually closer to 7. i almost NEVER nap. even when i was pregnant, even when i was in the newborn-utter-sleep-deprivation stage…. my body just doesn’t shut down enough during the day or something.

    the kids still nap around 1.5-3 hours a day. Most days. at least M does. T didn’t nap today at all 😦 it’s funny…i can tell the difference in myself and B (I wake up easily and quickly, he takes a long time) and also in M and T. T tolerates not sleeping much better than M. When M doesn’t nap? Watch out. Your afternoon is about to get rough. But T? He just becomes more jolly. (although he is progressively more emotionally labile as the afternoon wears on). 🙂

    what a fun topic.

  9. Cat Says:

    7.5 hours of sleep used to be my ideal. Now, I’m not so sure. Do I need the same amount as before I had kids or am I still working a deficit from the kids’ first year? I know that I still can’t read while lying down unless it’s a really riveting book. But it has to be REALLY good or I’m asleep within ten minutes. For years I used to read for at least a half hour every night before I fell asleep and I loved it. Now I struggle to finish the book for book club every month.

    I usually don’t get 7.5 hours and it’s mostly my own fault. For example, it is now 12:32am and I’m commenting on your blog instead of going upstairs to sleep. I love your writing, but I could and should visit another day and just go to bed.

  10. Ana Says:

    I think I need/want 8-9, I do pretty well on 7. But I’ve been getting more like 5-6 these days. For some reason this summer I’ve taken to staying up later & later, and now I can’t go to bed at 9:30-10 like I’ve been doing for the past few years—I’m up until 11:30-12. I’m certainly NOT working like you are, in fact my brain kind of shuts down all productive activity around 9—its just stupid worries & anxiety after that, which I try to drown out with TV/internet/i-phone games until I eventually get too tired & fall asleep.
    Then L wakes up at 5-5:30. Most days I bring him to bed and he eventually falls asleep again—just in time for us to wake up. I notice I’ve been way crankier, less motivated to do anything, less patient with everyone, less productive at work—yet I can’t fall asleep any earlier at night. Its becoming a real issue, and something I want to fix…though I’m not sure how!

  11. Mel Says:

    I would love to get 6 – 8 hours. I get closer to 4. I just found out about yoga nidra and found a teacher and want to take a class because I’ve convinced myself that this is the way I’m going to get my sleep issues under control. My problem is both time based — it’s way after midnight when I can wrap things up and go to bed — and situation based. I have a lot of trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.


  12. I guess I would need at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. 8 hours would be absolute bliss. I now usually get about 5 to 6, but in chunks. Go to bed around 11 pm, baby might wake up around 2 am (sometimes he sleeps through the night, but it’s not very consistent yet) and sometimes also around 4:30. The toddler has started waking up at 5:30 and refusing to go back to sleep. Sometimes he also wakes in the middle of the night because he needs to pee (or has a sore throat, or can’t find his ‘doudou’, or any other excuse to wake me up). Luckily I can take an afternoon nap most of the days, but I really need to get some work projects again too…

  13. loribeth Says:

    I generally get 6-7 hours of sleep a night — bed no later than 10 & up before 5 on weekdays. Anything much less, & I am pretty zonked for the day. On weekends, we often stay up a bit later (10-11) & “sleep in” — generally until 7:30-8:30 — so 9-10 hours. If I got 8 consistently, I’d probably feel better, but I feel ancient enough as it is without going to bed at 9 p.m.


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