Sleep in the Burnett household has many ranges. With 2 adults, 3 teenagers and 2 children/tots. It isn’t hard to find someone sleeping, or not sleeping when they should be.
The sleeper ~ that’s ME
I LOVE sleep! I could sleep 12 hours and be completely refreshed and awesome feeling. I could sleep all night and all day! I could sleep all the time! I normally get about 6 hours because I need that much to at least carry out normal living functions. I however can not sleep anywhere but my bed. I also have the princess in the pea syndrome, if there is a grain of salt or sand in my bed, on my sheets, under my sheets, heck under the bed! It will keep my awake and irritate me. If my pj’s don’t fit just right and get twisted or turned, it will keep me up. If I’m cold, it will keep me up. If I’m hot, it will keep me up. If there is a new annoying tick or drip in the house, IT WILL KEEP ME UP. You get the picture, I need to be comfy and undistracted.
On the other hand it is very hard for me to get to sleep. My brain is always fussing over some story I could be writing or thinking over something that I could/need to be doing. Or making lists for the next day. Did you notice I didn’t say worrying. I’m blessed, I don’t worry over things. Someone else is worrying for me I’m sure.
In general my bedtime routine is get in bed and flip the TV over to Nick at Nite, Friends is on for two straight hours. I was just the right age when this show aired, watched it thru it’s entirety, bought the seasons as they came out. I am a Friends master! If I have a bad headache I can mute it, because I know what they are saying. Anyway if I am lucky I will be asleep in that time span. However, if “HE” happens to be going to bed at the same time, (I’ll get to him next) I don’t watch Friends, because I don’t want to hear his snide comments, he HATES the show. Unless I am particularly perturbed with him, then oh the show is on! ;) If I’m not perturbed, then I just let him find something to watch then 5 minutes later I flip it back over, because the jerk is already asleep!
Neither am I a morning person, but we will save that for a later post…
The Sleep Jerk ~ that would be HE
He-who-must-Not-Be-Named doesn’t need sleep. He can go to bed at 1 am and hop out of a bed at 4 am. Or he can go to bed at 4am and hop out of bed at 6am. He requires about 3 or 4 hours a night. That is it. He works long hours into the night. And I suppose he just falls into bed exhausted. \
Not only does he not need sleep, he can go to sleep at the drop of a hat. According to him however, he is an insomniac! (He thinks this because he doesn’t NEED sleep and if he happens to have nothing to occupy him >read work< then he can get to sleep because he had required 2/3 hour nap already at some point)
He can come in and sit down to watch the news before dinner and fall asleep! He can sit down after he eats and fall asleep! In fact, he has fallen asleep at my mothers with plate in lap and soda in hand! (Big family, not everyone fits at the table) And then after he has a little cat nap, he’s good! He doesn’t even need sleep for the rest of the night! And on the nights I can’t sleep he snores, loud, and annoyingly. And annoyingly LOUD! Shoving and turning and pinching his nose has no effect. Neither does shoving him out of bed, which I’m proud to say I’ve only done once in the 20 years or so that we have shared the same bed. Unbelievable, right? Anyway enough about the annoying sleep jerk, I obviously have some issues with it/him. But whatever…
Here he is asleep, on a couch, with soda in hand… It happens a lot.
I’m only teasing for the serious readers… ;) I love the big sleep jerk, else I wouldn’t keep him around, and we can’t all be perfect.
…Notice I didn’t say nobodies perfect?
The Typical Teen ~ Seth
He stays up late. He sleeps in. He needs sleep. But he doesn’t want to go to sleep anytime soon. He thinks the day was made for sleeping. It takes about an hour or more to get him up and get him downstairs. I suspect he is a little like me in the can’t function under six hour department. But somehow he manages, oh so sloooowly… He is also not a morning person.
The Princess ~ Jocey
This one needs her beauty sleep, if she has to be up early, she will go to bed early. If she doesn’t have to get up early she will still go to bed early. And to top it off she is a morning person!! Yuck! I will stop now before I change her title to the annoying one…
The can’t make up her mind sleeper ~ Daisy
This girl has three beds in her room. A set of bunk beds and a full size bed, which I moved out of the girls room because they sleep together anyway for now. And most nights you find her on the couch! She reminds me of a puppy, she has to flip and flop and move and rotate everything see needs around her for … honestly I don’t know for what reason. All this is happening right over my head! And even though we insulated between the ceiling and floor for just this reason, it still sounds like someone is going to come crashing thru at any moment. Also not a morning person.
Lastly we come to the Sleepless Zombies ~ Ru and Ce
I have a whole lot of Facebook posts I need to compile someday. They are currently, finally, before I pulled all my hair out, sleeping all night long. (Thank the Good Lord! and supplement makers. And my Alaskan friends who gave me so much advice. It stays light in Alaska for 2 months or so incase your are forgetting. Which can mess with sleep cycles. And my Alaskan friends were informative and very, very helpful!)
Ru has her Dad’s sleep habits but I think she is even more extreme. She can sleep two hours and then be up for fourteen or longer. Then sleep for two more and be up for fourteen again. You try and put those into a 24 hour clock were normal people function. Ruthie is mostly a morning person, but she can find that wrong side of the bed.
Ce on the other hand sleeps about four hours then she is up for about 12 or so hours. And she is not a morning person. And you can’t really wake her up if she isn’t ready. You just have to dress her and then carry her around.
Either way they don’t have the normal patterns of preschoolers and now Ru will be starting school in the fall. We still have problems with them staying up all night, if they for some reason fall asleep in the afternoon. But it is not an every night ordeal anymore. And if I see them so much as slowly close an eye, it’s park time, or take a walk outdoors in the sunshine time. I do anything I can to keep them up until at least 8:30 and the sleep until 7ish. With only a couple middle of the night get ups.
I definitely covet Sleep! How about you?