Great googly moggly, I’m exhausted. Here’s the conundrum: I have to get up as early as 5am and no later than 7am every day of the week. It’s just the stage of life I’m in: between getting kids to school and me to various works and church commitments, that’s the wake up window.
And then kids are going to sleep later than they used to – bedtime is now 8:30pm, with them truly down and settled around 8:45pm.
I’m a gal who needs 7-8 hours a night to feel like I can function. Sleep. It’s the best.
Counting back, that means I need to be asleep from 9pm to 11pm on various nights. Because I’m an insomniac, having different bedtimes on different nights is hard for me – makes me less likely to get sleep. Responsible Erika says we should always be asleep by 9pm, then…which means starting my bedtime ritual around 8:30pm…which is the same time as my 6 year old son.
Indignant Erika doesn’t like that one bit. So, I stay up. I have one quiet hour and a half with Andrew, then we go to bed. I’m asleep around 11:30pm.
Those of you who are counting on your fingers now realize this means I am never getting my 7-8 hours, and on some nights I am only getting 5.5.
I’m. SO. TIRED.
Yes, I can shift that back to starting for bed at 10/10:30…but it’s still not quite enough.
I’ve been kind of ignoring the issue, hoping it was just this pocket of time and when we move to the next pocket of time, the issue would resolve itself…but it doesn’t seem to be the case. Also, looking ahead, Isaac’s buses are only going to come earlier (summer school has an earlier start than regular school) and earlier (high school starts 90 minutes before middle school). If I’m waiting for this pocket of time to change, well, it’s a really big-ass pocket of sleep deprivation.
UGH. Parenting oneself STINKS.
I’m considering just going to bed at the same time as the kids until I feel caught up, and then assessing. I make better decisions when I’m not a zombie. Indignant Erika isn’t thrilled with the idea, but Sleepy Erika is Cranky.