January 15, 2017

1) I am the opposite of a night person, but I also kind of hate putting myself to bed.  I have read tips about getting yourself ready even earlier than you intend to go to bed (so that the overwhelming tasks of putting on pajamas / flossing / etc don’t make you procrastinate even more).  But I have never actually been able to bring myself to do this.

2) I probably need to go to bed at 9:30 or earlier based on when I get up but this never happens

3) I would loooove 8 hrs of sleep every night but I know I average around 7.

Phone says 7h19m for the month, but I think it’s a slight overestimate because it thinks I’m asleep while reading in bed

4) 7 is not fantastic, but it does allow me to do things like work out / read / meditate whereas 8 would really crowd out all of those lovely activities.

5) Josh probably sleeps 6-7 hrs on average.  He is not the sort to want to track this in any sort of official way though, so we’ll never know.

6) I basically never have trouble falling asleep.  Probably because #3.

7) I hate falling asleep at events / movies / concerts when they go past 10.  But it absolutely happens.

8) Annabel sleeps about 8:45 pm – 7 am.  This seems like it is on the low end.  I am always so shocked when I read about kids her age going to bed at 7 — I don’t think her physiology would allow it!  Cameron sleeps about 8 pm – 7 am plus a 1-3 hr nap (1 hr on weekdays, more on weekends).

9) I definitely average slightly less sleep when I am reading a book as good as the one I am reading now:

10) I am headed upstairs now, at 9:53 pm, after a scintillating evening of doing patient notes (had to because I jetted off to NC the second I finished with a full day of patients on Thursday and never got a chance while I was up there).  At least I got to write this post 🙂  Aaaaaand . . . good night.

(My alarm will be set for 5:30 because I am going to do my 7 mi run before Josh has to go to work — he is on call so it’s not really a true ‘weekend’ day for us!)


  • Reply Susannah March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I think it’s really hard to go to bed as early as I need to because it’s freeeeee time! So hard to give that up, but I get a LOT more done if I go to bed at 9 and get up at 430 than if I stay up until 11. As you know my kids are not great sleepers with the exception of #3. My middle gets 10 hours, about the same as Anabel. Can’t even talk about #1 ha! I still have to fight jealousy when listening to other kids’ sleeping habits.
    Also–so glad you got to get back to Durham and go to Rue Cler! We haven’t been there in forever but were just at Nana Taco last night. xo

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I’m also always fascinated by people whose kids sleep a lot. Mine have never been big sleepers and they have different tendencies (Scott is a night owl, Will is an early riser). Scott sleeps from about 9:00/9:30 – 7:30 with no nap. Will sleeps from about 8:30/9:00 – 7:00 with a 1 – 2 hour nap every 3 days or so. Will seems a bit young to give up naps at 2, but Scott was done at 2.5 and Will has always been a lower sleep needs kid than Scott. Past the newborn stage, I don’t think Will ever took more than 1 hap in a day. On the one hand, I’m kind of jealous of to read about a kid that sleeps from 6p – 7a with a 3 hour nap. On the other hand, we get lots of evening time together and don’t have our weekends ruled by naps, which is nice.

  • Reply Irene March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I struggle with this too. My daughter has always been on the extreme low end of sleep for both night time and nap sleep. Overall it is great because I get more time with her but she is going to bed about 9:30 these days so I just can not wait until after she is in bed to do all chores/exercise eat myself. So I end up letting her watch 1 tv show at night so I can do some of those things and my husband and I end up trading her back and forth once he is home more than I’d like. So it’s not necessarily tons of extra quality time. But I try hard to embrace it as much as I can.

  • Reply Another_Sara March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Oh, I just started that Picoult book last night! AND I purposely started it on a weekend because I could tell it’d be hard to put down. 🙂

    I get to work at 6:00 am (I teach at a school that starts at 7:00) and wake up at 5:00 so I really should be in bed at 9:00. It’s so hard though! I actually just got a Fit Bit a couple days ago and I’m hoping I’ll be motivated to get in bed on time by setting a "sleep goal." In the past when I tracked sleep using an app I was horrified by seeing data about how terribly I was sleeping (insomnia) — so I stopped using it. But I sleep better these days so I’m hoping it’ll be helpful to see instead of detrimental.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      YESSSS isn’t it so good!?! I’ve never read her before, but I LOVE this book.
      6 am! wow. I have no insomnia issues unless I’m super anxious about something but I can imagine it would be super stressful to have to look at fitful sleepless nights after the fact 🙁

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