As the mother of toddler twin boys who regularly wake up one, two and sometimes three times during the night, I have had the opportunity to contemplate the topic of “a good night’s sleep.” After much consideration (usually between the hours of 1 and 6am, and accompanied by one or two two-foot-tall individuals who may or may not be crying, shouting or pooping), I have concluded that eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is grossly overrated.
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Accordingly, I have compiled a list for nay-sayers who surprisingly seem to feel that sleeping is, well, important.
Top 5 Reasons Why a Good Night’s Sleep is Greatly Overrated
- Dreams: Because being chased by a tutu-wearing elephant can really put a damper on your morning.
- Memory: Not having to remember stuff lets you off the hook big time. Functioning on three or four hours of sleep allows you to conveniently “forget” that playdate or sleepover. Thankfully.
- Morning breath: Waking up with breath that will wilt flowers on contact is no fun for you and anyone around you.
- Lucidity: It’s kinda fun walking around in a fog. Kind of like being in a Fellini film…
- Health: Lack of sleep is unhealthy and being unhealthy is cool. Don’t believe me? Check out the ratings for The Biggest Loser.
Who am I kidding? I will take my tongue out of my cheek now and try to get some sleep.
In all seriousness, what tips can you share for achieving a good night’s sleep in spite of restless children? I look forward to your tips and strategies!