Sleep? I hear that’s an actual thing people do sometimes, me? I haven’t slept in 11 years. Now you may think I’m exaggerating, and well I am but not by much. I mean there are brief periods of time at night that I am actually unconscious but to call it actual sleep is a bit of a stretch. It’s definitely not a restful sleep.
You’re probably wondering what happened 11 years ago or maybe this isn’t the first post you’ve read and you already know. If you said kids ding ding ding, you are correct. Now sleep was never really something that came easy to me, I’ve always been a night owl (see busy brain plus insomnia) but I was definitely getting a borderline healthy amount of sleep. Nowadays I’m not even surprised if I check my sleep stats on my watch and they’re either in the red or nonexistent.
Now obviously when you have a baby little to no sleep is to be expected and obviously I haven’t had a baby for the last 11 years but I do have a kid that struggled for years with sleeping, I’m talking an hour or two a night. Thankfully he has medication now that helps with that. I’ve had two babies since then, the four year old still doesn’t sleep through the night and the one year old is well she’s one. Throw in the early shift and the need for nightly adult tv time and there just isn’t much time for sleep.
This is going to sound crazy but I would totally be okay if sleep wasn’t actually something we needed to do to you know, live. To me the need for sleep is just kind of inconvenient. Well let me rephrase that, I would be okay if I didn’t need to sleep. I can get so much more done at night when everyone else is asleep. No one needs me to do anything for them and there aren’t tiny tornadoes destroying the house as I’m trying to clean it. Unfortunately sleep is needed so I’m often finding myself having to make a choice between being productive, doing things I like, or sleeping. I often choose one of the first two and just pay for it in the morning.
I’m pretty sure the zombie apocalypse is already upon us, but instead of the undead stumbling around it’s parents and stressed out college kids. I think an unhealthy dependency on caffeine is something we all share. I’d like to personally thank Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge for discovering caffeine, if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be upright most of the time. So whether you’re up for that 2AM feeding or lying there remembering every mistake you’ve ever made, know you’re not alone. #teamnosleep