Tuesday, February 24, 2009


“Sleep's Overrated!”

Yes, that would be our rallying cry so many years ago when my friends, my Band of Brothers and I, were young, single, childless, and in denial in the face of a duty to rise early and be productive in the coming day. And why not? In those moments there was still fun to be had, memories to be made, and a resolve that no matter what pains the next day would bring, in the end it would all have been well worth it.

Now? Is sleep overrated now?

Well, it wasn’t overrated when Mrs. LIAYF and I decided to stream that second episode of ‘LOST’, effectively getting us to sleep around midnight last night. But we did it anyway.

It wasn’t overrated after I was startled awake at 2:30 AM and couldn't get myself back to sleep once my mind began racing through every conceivable thought rattling around in my head. And the ‘Happy Place’ I was supposed to go to in my mind to relax me? Not so happy when you can’t bring yourself to stop there long enough to soak up the sand and the sun.

Again, sleep was not overrated when, hours later I finally nodded off, only to be awoken not 5 minutes later from a happy dream that consisted of my 'running the table' in a game of pool. This time I was woke by Lukas, who decided 5:20 was a decent enough time to rise for the day.

And friends, sleep is most certainly not overrated as I sit here now, looking rather blankly at my desk and a pile of work ‘issues’ that will most certainly not miraculously decide to resolve themselves.

Yes, those days are long gone! Now excuse me while I properly caffeinate myself.


Anonymous said...

It helps to have a little supply of Red Bull in your desk drawer for those times that you start snoring at your desk. I have been caught many times asleep at my keyboard.

Now that I work from home part time, it ain't too bad. No one complains when I fall asleep on the couch with my laptop on my lap.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't sleep last night knowing that i was setting the alarm for 5am to go running. At 5:20, I hit the road. And for some silly reason, i have decided to cut down on my caffeine today...not the wisest combination of decisions!

Scary Mommy said...

Oh, how I miss the days of sleep. Jeff and I used to sleep until noon on the weekends- I didn't know how good I had it. Now, I have 5 o'clock risers, and noon is nap time. Thank God for coffee!

Scary Mommy said...

... and wine.

Being us... said...

We have all been there, they should really talk more about the sleepless nights in the pregnancy prevention classes! That would do it for me! ((GRIN))

I am currently dealing with a sick kid and a growing belly that makes me run to the bathroom at the wee hours of the morning....can you say YAAAAWWWWNNNNN!!!!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Overrated or UNDER-appreciated??

I have realized through this parenting gig that you really don't need as much as you want. But I guess that's true for just about anything.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Super Mega Dad - Joe is still my drink of caffinated choice.

@MTAE - At least you are exercising after a sleepless night. I am just zoning!

@Scary Mommy - I couldn't handle 5 o'clock risers every day. I would need much more wine.

@Being Us. Hopefully your queasyness will go away soon. That is exciting for you, even if it must be tiring.

@Ed - So true, so true. I am doing better tonight than I thought I would. No meltdown from me yet.

Anonymous said...

sometimes i almost feel guilty for not being a "real" parent. i get to have grandkids and spoil them and i never had to go through the whole months of no sleep.

sometimes being a step-mom rocks

but i do feel bad for all of you sleepless parents ;)

Anonymous said...

Sounds about like one of my nights, James. Hopefully, we'll get to do some catching up this weekend!

As an aside, and at the risk of alienating myself from the rest of the group, I can't ever recall a time when I thought sleep was overrated. Perhaps there was a time in my pre-adolescent years, but those memories are starting to fade quickly ;-)

Whit said...

I remember sleep.

I drink coffee from the minute I wake up until I go to bed. If I'm not drinking coffee I am asleep (it's a four hour window).

James (SeattleDad) said...

@nonna - Thanks for feeling our pain. Sounds like you are plenty real enough to me.

@Rob - Well, it never really was overrated. We just told ourselves that and paid the consequences. hope you are able to catch up this weekend.

@Whit - I hear ya! I feel like I am turning into Mr. Coffee.