When I asked my husband to take this photo of us, he responded with raised eyebrows, wide eyes and a lowered voice that asked “Are you sure?”
This was the aftermath of a late night out with friends. Following our lively night I got a 1:30 a.m. wake up call in the form of a little boy crying for his mama. Lincoln, my two year old, had a 103-degree fever. We snuggled, took medicine, drank some water and went back to bed. Thirty minutes later he was up again. This time I put him in bed with my husband and me. This was about 2:15 a.m. I tried my best to relax, use my eye mask, do relaxation exercises, etc. At 3:15 a.m. I was still awake. At this point I actually considered getting up for the day.
When I spoke with Dr. Doghramji, the sleep specialist, he suggested that the cause of my sleep issues lies with the possibility that my days are busy and I have trouble shutting it all down at night. This is why I tend to be a “light” sleeper and have a difficult time falling asleep after I wake up in the middle of the night. His explanation made complete sense. I am a high energy person, and I’ve often felt that I don’t “settle down” easily. Dr. Doghramji also suggested that when my sleep is interrupted I should try reading a boring book. Well, it just so happened that I recently started reading a very boring book. So, at 3:15 a.m., when I was still tossing and turning, almost an hour after my son fell asleep, I began reading. Within 15 minutes, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. After reading, I did easily fall back to sleep, although I never really felt the deep sleep that I love. We were all awake at 6:30, exhausted, cranky, chugging coffee and extremely tired.