Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is it just me?

I am not understanding why every member of my family can fall asleep at any given moment when their body says it is time for sleep. My body constantly tells me it is time for sleep and yet, sleep for me is hard to find. I have to at least have three things happening for me to even have a prayer of sleep finding me. 1. It has to be dark. 2. It has to be quiet. 3. Nobody can be touching me. I have never had the problem with letting my children sleep in my bed, because if they do, I will definitely not get any sleep. Tori likes to come in and she knows that she cannot come on my side of the bed. She has to go to her dad's side. The problem with that is then my husband sleeps too close to me so, I can't sleep anyway. My children have inherited the ability to fall asleep at will. Within minutes of them going up to bed, they are asleep. I can be talking to Chad right after we put the lights out and, literally, within 10 seconds he can be snoring. It takes me a good 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep and even then I don't stay asleep all night usually. I have even tried sleeping pills. If there is some sort of secret, I would like to know. Maybe, it's genetics. If that is the case, things are not looking well for me. I know my dad has a hard time sleeping as well.
All of our kids have been born sleepers. Our kids sleep 18-22 hours for the first few weeks of life. They then have three naps during the day until they are about 9 months and then go down to 2 until they are 18 months. I am just now starting to let Sydnee have only one nap during the day. By 7:00 at night, she is so ready for bed. Even Brahnson, who is twelve, likes to go to bed at 8:00. We have even given him the option to stay up until 9:00 p.m. I usually will be in bed by 10:00, but I can't fall asleep until around midnight. We then get up at 5:30 a.m. to do scriptures. I can't nap during the day because that decreases my chances of being able to get to sleep during my normal time. I am grateful that I have children that sleep. I just wish I knew how they do it.

10 comments:

Joy said...

I love the photos! :) I am like your kids...I can sleep anytime, anywhere. Angela is more like you. I guess it's genetics.

Steph said...

Very sweeet pictures! I feel your pain though my problem is I can get to sleep but starting at about 4am it's not so good! I do think it must be genetics! Darn!

Kendria said...

I'm sorry that sleep is a hard thing for you too - I am totally the same way! I'm thinking maybe it's not just genetics, but just plain being a busy mom/wife/woman! I love the pictures.

NikkiAWardell said...

Not being able to sleep easily or comfortably is the worst. However, I must admit I would have a hard time waking up at 5:30 AM like you do!!! Wow!!! That is impressive!

Jeromy-Hollie Sampson said...

Barbi

Just working and having fun on Facebook. Other than that, Not much going on. Hollie and I are planning a trip to South Dakota then spend some time with Steph this summer. I think Steph might come to South Dakota with us. South Dakota is not halfway, but maybe it would be kinda fun to meet us there.

mamagoff said...

Sleep--Glorious Sleep--Oh, When Can I Get Some? These pictures are great. Danielle's Blog is like her journal and it is the best way for me to keep up with all the things she does. Your Blog keeps me posted as to the goings on in your life. This is such a good way to keep in contact when the miles separate us. Love you.
Gaye

David and Vicki Wardell Family said...

Barbi, cute blog. I have been following it, but don't usually leave a comment. I can't believe how big Sidney is already. We miss you guys being here. love ya, Vicki

David and Vicki Wardell Family said...

Just had to tell you , our family was so happy to see Chad. Our boys have really missed you guys, we were glad that he could be here for a day or two. Hope you are enjoying your Wisconsin winter. It is all rain here today. Vicki

A Lane said...

Chad,
It was great to see you... Hope all is well...Stay warm.
Al & Family

Jorgensen's said...

hahahahahahahaha i laughed so hard at this blog! it is definitely is in the Wardell blood! My dad is the worst! My mom always knew that if i was late and hadn't called that i must have fallen asleep somewhere! I was known as "the girl always asleep in the hall" at other ppl's apts because i would get tired and just fall asleep! When we first got married Brian would get so mad because we would get in bed and i would be asleep before he even got the covers pulled up! I think you catch the drift! Shellie is the same way! Genetics is my vote!