Monday, August 15, 2011

Sleep, Oh Sweet Sleep

Buzz, buzz, buzz, the alarm blasts away, it's 6:45am, my brain says, "no, too early". I roll over hit snooze, aww, 10 more minutes of peace. Soon enough the buzzing sound is back and I can no longer avoid the inevitable, it is time to get up.

Summer is almost over and all three kiddos are headed back to school. We have thoroughly enjoyed our summer vacation although it was a shortened due to our cross country move. Throughout the summer the kids and I have gotten into the habit of sleeping in each morning. It is 8am or 9am before we roll out of bed and we have spent a lot of lazy mornings in our pajamas.

Sleeping in is not necessarily a bad thing but since school is starting at the end of this week and my oldest has to be on the bus before 7am, sleeping in is a thing of the past for us. No more 8am or 9am for any of us. Before 6am will be more like it each day.

The few times I have been up early this summer I have been groggy all day. It is hard to imagine that I used to wake up at 5:15am for work each day for two full years. I definitely am not a morning person! It still amazes me how differently I feel when I wake up at 5 or 6am instead of 8 or 9am. It doesn't matter how early I go to bed either, though going to bed early on those early mornings helps. I have begun to realize I simply am not a morning person. I can get up early, I have done it for years but I function so much better, am more rested, am in a better mood, and just feel better if I get enough sleep.

Now all you mother's of infants are laughing at this post, sleep, what's that? I know lots of little ones don't sleep well and mothers deal with long periods of sleep deprivation but it has been a long time since my kids have woke up in the middle of the night. I know you adjust to what you need to get done but for now I am going to mourn the end of summer, the loss of sleep, and the lazy mornings. I'll be up each day before 6am, drinking coffee, trying to keep my eyes open.

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