Friday, January 27, 2012


Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out the Share our Stories program! I'm excited about it and I'm glad you are too.

Now back to sleep. I mean, talking about sleep.

In between Monday and today I had time to do a little research about sleep. Did you know that the CDC (that's Center for Disease Control for those of you who don't harbor mild paranoia about bird flu and other infectious diseases) maintains a page dedicated to sleep.

Apparently insufficient sleep is considered a disease!

Insufficient sleep is linked to automobile accidents. Driving sleep-deprived is almost as dangerous as driving drunk. Not getting enough sleep is also linked to diseases like depression, diabetes and obesity.

According to the CDC adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. Kids under the age of ten need 10-11 hours of sleep and teens need 8.5-9.5 hours. Even if I wasn't shocked by kids over the age of ten being included in the teens group (what!?! does that mean I almost have a teenager?) that information was still enough to shock, surprise and make me seriously question whether my family gets enough sleep.

Now (confession time) I'm at my best when I get a full nine hours of sleep. But it doesn't happen all that often. Mostly because nine hours of sleep doesn't leave a lot of time to do anything else. To my point, I need to be ASLEEP by ten o'clock every night in order to get my required nine hours.

But I promised I would try. And so I did. Here's what's happened so far:

Monday: Turned off the light at 10:20 because I was trying to finish a chapter of The Illumination. Pretty sure I was asleep by 10:30 which was good. Eight and 1/2 hours good!

Tuesday: Those Eight and 1/2 hours left me supercharged. I bounced through the day. Book club that evening + a couple of glasses of wine meant I didn't get home until 10:30.

Of course I was too wound up to go to sleep until I talked to my husband for an hour. And then, even after I'd exhausted his patience for listening to book club gossip and what happened on Twitter, I was still full of energy. Which meant I was up late. Way too late.

Wednesday:  I went to bed by 10:30 and was asleep instantly thanks to my late night on Tuesday. Unfortunately the early bedtime backfired.
At 2:00 am I woke up and remembered something I'd forgotten to do. Which meant I had to get up, turn on the lights and address it.

Big no-no! Sleep experts say you should not wander around your house in the middle of the night turning on lights and completing forgotten chores.

Thursday: I don't know yet. If I've learned anything this week, it's that I should NOT promise to get up at 2:00 am to check in and let you know how it's going. Maybe sleep is a pattern and I'll be back to Eight and 1/2 hour Tuesday, supercharged and ready to go.


Beylit said...

When I am not having a bout of insomnia I average about 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Being in bed by ten is nearly impossible, but I make it a rule to be in bed by 11 which is mostly manageable. The alarm starts going off at 6:45 and I am normally up by 7:10. Of course that doesn't take into consideration the sleep lost to the cat jumping up and landing on my stomach at 3am, or the husband grumbling in his sleep about things keeping him from sleeping soundly, or having to go to the bathroom, or the dog having nightmares...

So yea I am typically happy with 7 hours of sleep, though I dream of a day when I can consistently get 8 or 9.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

During the week I get just under seven hours. But I know what you mean by backfiring. I'll sleep in late on Saturday only to be wide awake that night because I got too much sleep.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I guess my normal routine during the week is 7 hours of sleep -- 11pm to 6am. But yes, if I go to bed earlier, I feel SO MUCH better in the morning.

But I don't get what I want done at night -- be that reading or writing. It is SO HARD to choose, especially because I am more creative at night than any other time.

When my writing muse kicks in at 10:30pm, how do I walk away from it just because I'd like more sleep?

Jenny S. Morris said...

I am feeling the effects of sleep deprivation right now. I have gone to bed SO late every night this week. My head is pounding.

And blogging at 2 AM can be dangerous.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I still have little kids in the house. The baby is up late and my oldest is up early. Plus the youngest two wake up at night. (My two-year-old has nightmares.) So even if I get seven hours, it is very interrupted. Which is just not the same. :-P

The Bookworm said...

If I get 7 hours, I'm good. Any more or any less and I wake up with a headache.
I never wake up in the middle of the night and get out of bed though, to finish up chores and I will however, grab my book light and my book and read a bit if I really can't get back to sleep.