Saturday, November 3, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 3 (A Good Night's Sleep)

cartoon rollover plan for childhood naps

I am grateful for a good night's sleep.

Occasionally, I'll hear a person remark that he wishes he didn't have to sleep because he'd be so much more productive. I never get this type of person. I'd be thrilled to eliminate eating and bathing; sleep is not only a requirement but a luxury to me. I've always needed a decent amount of sleep to function well and, over the infant and toddler years, I learned that I also need sleep to keep me from being impatient and unpleasant. Much like a toddler, a tired me is a cranky me prone to tantrums. Also much like a toddler, someone in my house occasionally will tell me that it's time for me to take a nap, and I always rejoice at the opportunity.

Now that my kids are older, sleep is not as hard to come by. Barring the occasional illness or kindergartner who can't sleep and wants to share that information with me at 3 a.m., my kids no longer wake me up at night. What has really turned the corner of my restfulness is the fact that both my early risers (usually) will now entertain themselves (or each other) in the morning in a reasonably quiet manner. They might be up at dawn, but I'm not. Thank goodness.

Today, a Saturday, I woke up at the imminently reasonable time of 8:30 a.m. This almost justifies my staying up past midnight to read the night before, but it also means I feel good, act well, and can enjoy my family more. As with most things, I failed to appreciate a good night's sleep until I went several years without one. Even without the 30 Days of Gratitude, each morning I wake up after 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, I am grateful for it.

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