I’m Taking the Sleep Challenge

Challenges to eat more fiber or walk 10,000 steps a day sound hard. I have neither the energy nor enthusiasm for such challenges right now.

But a challenge to get more sleep? HELL YES, I AM IN.

Like pretty much every mom I know, I am chronically sleep-deprived. Occasionally, I do it to myself. I “choose” to stay up too late catching up on work, housework or maybe a little leisure TV on my DVR — and then pay the price for days.

But mostly, I just have too much to do and not enough time to do it. I don’t get (or ask for) enough help, and therefore have to accomplish everything by myself. While the other members of my household are well-rested and functioning at normal capacity, I am dragging from one item on my to-do list to the next. Never as sharp as I’d like to be. Sometimes just plain dull or forgetful.

I’d love 2010 to be known as “the year of enough sleep” for me. I need to find ways to get help accomplishing the overflow — and simply scrap those commitments that aren’t worth the effort. I need to stop feeling guilty for napping when my sick kid naps after a long night of tossing and turning. I need to make the time to sleep 8+ hours (because I’m unfortunately one of those people who need it), for my own sake and for others who depend on me.

Now I’ll just need to wait to start this challenge until my baby gets over his bronchiolitis and my husband gets back from his business trip. Sooooooo tired …

5 thoughts on “I’m Taking the Sleep Challenge

  1. If I got enough sleep I'd never finish a novel. I can only call myself an author because I sacrifice(d) my shut-eye to crank on my personal projects. I'll probably die earlier because of it, but at least I can say I made a dream come true…

  2. jen@925frugal says:

    Girl, you are singing my song. I got sick earlier this week, had to call in to work and went back to bed until 11 am! I have NO idea when the last time I slept like that was. I spent the rest of the day on the couch too. BooYa!
    (and I felt totally guilty about it too 🙁 )

  3. E. Sheppard says:

    This is an issue that is so NOW. Studies are showing that most people do NOT get enough sleep for good health.

    I want to do like you are doing and get more sleep. It can help keep you well, and more vibrantly alive. Great posting!

  4. I just had the opportunity to be alone for four days and let me tell you it was amazing to finally catch up on sleep!

  5. LMAO! I am cracking up at the "HELL YES, I AM IN" part!

    If there is a roster, add me to it!

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