What do you average?

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In the past few weeks I’ve been having trouble sleeping. This isn’t something new for me. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve gone through cycles of insomnia. Sometimes the cycles last a few weeks and then I am one cranky mama.
Watching certain shows before bed is a real no-no for me. Things like news programs about unsolved murders (or solved ones for that matter), any kind of scary movie or even just the news. I know that as soon as I get into bed I’ll be laying there thinking about what I just watched.
I made the mistake of watching a 48 Hours special about a murdered (and unsolved) child case years ago. Just writing that I’ll probably be up all night. It took me weeks to not think about that show when I went to bed.
I tend to head for bed about 11 but I wipe down counters in the kitchen, check Thor’s lunchbox for anything ultimately grotesque that needs to be thrown out and take care of one more email check before turning off the crackberry before I make it to my room. Then I have to do the usual bedtime stuff; put on pj’s, brush teeth, etc. All totalled that adds about 30 minutes so by the time I lay my head on the pillow it’s going on 11:30.
Unless Chick gets up beforehand the alarm goes off at 7:12 am. But I probably lay in bed for anywhere from 30-80 minutes before I can actually fall asleep. I’m getting at an optimum 7 hours.
It feels like far too little.
How many hours of sleep are you getting at night? Are you an insomniac or one of those lucky ones who fall asleep before you hit the pillow?

20 thoughts on “What do you average?

  1. I fall asleep almost instantly and this drives my husband absolutely bonkers because he's got a sleeping disorder. He's got apnea which seems to get better when he's below a certain weight but he's also a thinker. He can totally go on and on about certain things in his head. The part that really bugs him is he likes me to rub his head, (yes like petting a cat) and he'll relax that way but I can rub about 6 circles and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I'm gone!

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  2. I wish I had appreciated sleeping through the night when I used to do it (back in high school and college). It seems like the older I get the worse I sleep. Insomnia is not fun. Waking up during the night by a two year old or a 4 month old is rough, because I can't fall back asleep once I've helped them. I guess our bodies learn to adjust with it. I just miss how a glass of warm milk and buttered bread used to be the magical pill of getting me back to sleep.

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  3. I have to wake up about 4:30 to be at work at 6am. I try to go to bed between 10 and 10:30, but the wife started working at night and gets home about 10:45. Which means I don't get to sleep until 11:45 or so. Add in 3 babies under 4. SO I average about 97 minutes.

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  4. I usually go to bed around 10 and watch a little tv (totally nothing scary!)probably till 10:30 and then I'm out. A lot of times though I will wake up a few hours later and then can't turn my mind off. Last night for some reason I was thinking about that creepy guy Jason from those scary movies. Why I don't know because I probably haven't seen that movie since jr high.::::shrudder::: that kept me up for awhile. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then up at 6 to get the kiddies ready.

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  5. i've been having this trouble since like forever! I don't even realize it anymore.. in my good days i sleep somewhere between 4-6 hours per night.. but most of my days I'm stressing to much over problems that even those 4 hours of sleep don't rest me! And I'm not even having kids.. so go figure:PBut happy thoughts now:) Speaking of which, you may have time to stop by.. I'm having exciting news to share:)Happy Thursday!

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  6. I occasionally have trouble falling asleep, it will last a few weeks, then I am fine for awhile. So I take a tylenol PM or Advil PM. works great, I stay asleep!I go to bed around 10,watch tv and fall asleep between 10:30-11:00. Wake up around 6:00am.Get some sleep girl!

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  7. They say that you are sleep deprived if you fall asleep the minute your head hits the pillow. Supposedly, it takes about 20 minutes or so to fall into a light-ish sleep and even more time for it to become deeper REM. As for me, I am sure you can guess that I am sleeping horribly these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. I pretty much haven't slept since I was pregnant with Ryder – so I'm going on 4 years + of no sleep. It sounds awful but its true and I have adjusted. I have a hard time falling asleep. I go to be between 10:30 & 11 but dont' actually fall asleep until about an hour later…then I'm up at 2am and then tru to go back to sleep for a while then I'm up by 6:30am. This would be an ideal night. However, Ryder gets up at least twice a night so I have to work that in there somewhere. So, I sleep in 2 hour increments basically. LOLI'm sorry you're having a rough time sleeping. It really is the pits. And I agree – no crazy TV – no crazy reading – I can't do any of that before bed.

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  9. I think the reason I fall asleep so fast is because I'm completely exhausted. I've been hitting the pillow around 11:30 and I'm waking at 6 to get my daughter to the bus stop. I think I might actually start nodding off on my approach to the bed and the rest is just muscle memory. My husband has the same issue with the brain clutter, he's up for hours sometimes. Luckily I think my brain has an auto shut-off switch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. To be honest I stay up late at nights reading books, website pages and blogs. I am trying my best to stop doing this moments before going to bed because it does affect how quickly I take to start sleeping. By time I am in bed I play a cell phone game to relax myself a bit. I get around 6 hours sleep each night. I am fine with it but I know I should be getting more. You are such a MoM….I remember when I was living with my sister I used to do some of those things too.

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  11. OK I know this wasn't the point but, HE CHOSE THOR! Sweet! What do I win? ;)As for sleep? I get about 6 hours a night. If I were to sleep as long as my body would let me, it'd be closer to 8 hours, so I'm perpetually tired.

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  12. I think the reason I fall asleep so fast is because I'm completely exhausted. I've been hitting the pillow around 11:30 and I'm waking at 6 to get my daughter to the bus stop. I think I might actually start nodding off on my approach to the bed and the rest is just muscle memory. My husband has the same issue with the brain clutter, he's up for hours sometimes. Luckily I think my brain has an auto shut-off switch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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