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This Plus That Equals…. The Rules of Sleep

This plus that equals…. the rules of sleep

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about the rules of sleep. And the rules are simple. You will get none.

You have nowhere to be and a genuine chance of a lay in

Nope. No you don’t. You may have managed to arrange a weekend day when no one needs to go to work, to a club, to anywhere. You have carefully arranged diaries so that this momentous day can finally arrive. No alarms are set. You are due a lay in.

You are so comfy on a sprung mattress, warm and cosy, everything planned to facilitate sleep.

But nope. Your kid will be up at 6am regardless. If you’re really lucky the day will start with a 5 leading that time.

Sleeping Child
He literally waited until I turned the engine off before falling asleep

If it’s not a kid waking you it’ll be your husband

You spent all day making sure you thoroughly exhaust the children in your life. This in turn means you are shattered, but it will be worth it.

All that fresh air. All that crafting. All that hide and seek. That means sleep.

So it’s 6am and no one has stirred until an obnoxiously loud alarm goes off. Oh yeah, you’d forgotten your other half was playing golf bright an early. But the alarm hardly affects him, he set it a good 30 minutes earlier than needed as he was never planning to get up straight away after it went off any way. You on the other hand are awake now, oh, oh, and there we have it, the child is up too.

Your mind is your own worst enemy

Your brain is your alarm clock. It’s set to wake up before the children. Every. Single. Day.

It doesn’t even matter if they aren’t there, you will wake up at the same godawful time of day, every day.

But don’t worry if your internal alarm fails you there is the back-up of the constant worries and anxiety to keep you from going to sleep in the first place. That’s fun.

Hilary Devey New Mattress
Oh my dear bed, how I miss you

If the child does sleep, you worry

I literally start to worry if he’s not up by 6am. 6.30am and I’ll be checking on him. 7am and I’m ready to call an ambulance.

It’s stressful.

I was actually chatting about this with a friend today, when it comes to L I have to modes. Totally chilled or doomsday. Nothing in between.

Regardless, I’m awake!

You have somewhere to be

It seems the only time L sleeps in is when we have somewhere to go.

Leaving for holiday and want to get ahead of the traffic. He will sleep for England.

It’s not even limited to the morning. We were meeting friends the other afternoon, he fell asleep in the car at 3pm. Ended up sitting in the car for ages, as low and behold, his friend had done the same. It’s like they know!

This badly timed sleep is of no help to me though, none.

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza and #StayClassyMama

Confessions of a New Mummy

Cup of Toast
Musings Of A Tired Mummy

15 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. The Rules of Sleep”

  1. Sleep has been a nightmare recently as Zach has been ill so I have been surviving on 3 hours sleep and scrunched up in a toddler bed. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    1. It’s horrid isn’t it. L has been having some seperation issues recently so I’ve been on the sofa since the early hours as he booted me out of bed in his struggle to be close to us. Hopefully Zach will feel better soon!

  2. Really nice post, the last one which you have said about the kid if he didn’t wake up is really a stressful time, I agree with you.

  3. The last one really made me laugh because it’s so true 🙂 I wish for a lie in every weekend and it never happens. The few times my husband and I have spent the night away I have woken up not only early but hangover (rolls eyes)… Thank you for sharing with #StayClassymama

  4. I so miss sleep! It wasn’t too bad with our first child but now we’ve had our second IRS non existent. I look forward to the day we can finally lie in again #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. I can completely relate to this post! My husband doesn’t usually set his alarm as he has a very in tune body clock however on the occasion he has to be up unusually early it gets set and he does exactly the same thing. But then again so do I. Oops. Thanks for sharing #Blogstravaganza

    1. What gets me most is the setting of the alarm a clear 30 minutes before he plans to get up. Just set it and get up! Otherwise I stay half awake to make sure he doesn’t oversleep

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