Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gratitude Day 3

SLEEP.  I am talking about perfect temperature.  Clean sheets.  Perfect pillows.  PJs which are not too tight, not too warm, and won't give wedgies.  (by the much as I love dresses and skirts, I DO NOT LIKE nightgowns.  They ride up while I sleep and then I feel like my butt is hanging out and I do not like the idea of accidentally mooning my kids if they walk into my room, so I stick to PJ bottoms.) No TV blaring, no radio, just the whir of a fan, me and my bed.  No alarm clock, no bad dreams, no reason to get up in the morning except my natural body clock waking me when I'm good and ready.  I...LOVE...SLEEP.  I tend to feel sorry for people who tell me they only need 4 to 5 hours of sleep per night.  Pity, really.  Beds are warm and comfy and so pleasant.  If I were any animal, I'd be a cat.  They sleep a lot.  I envy them.

I am grateful for evenings when I get to fall asleep in my husband's warm arms.  I'm also grateful for the nights when he's not here, and I get the bed (and remote) to myself.  I am so blessed that I don't tend to suffer with insomnia.  But on the nights that I have, I can completely relate to those who suffer with it on a regular basis.  I really love my daily schedule which allows me to get into bed by 10pm for the most part.  When I talk to people who brag about staying up until 4am, I'm not jealous.  I wonder what's wrong with them.  I figure if someone is up at 4am, they either have a newborn, or a crack addiction.  Or a 3rd shift job. 

Last night was one of those nights when I actually prepared for a good night of sleep.  Mr. R finally left on a run to NC ('s getting tight around here again.)  I fluffed the sheets.  Rearranged pillows.  My kids had no school today (standardized testing for grades other than theirs, so I kept them home instead of sending them in to school so they can sit in one classroom for five hours being quiet.)  So I didn't set my alarm.  Instead, I rolled over, went to sleep, and woke up on my own at about 6:30.  I had about 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  It was heavenly!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I adore sleep. I love a good nap with the sun shining in the window on my bed.

I often stay up way too late because I hate going to bed alone, but I do sleep better when I'm in the bed alone. Although I am TOTALLY looking forward to 12 nights in a row next week (and the week after) on our cruise :) :)