Top 5 Reasons Why a Good Night’s Sleep Is Greatly Overrated (!)

by Samantha on May 28, 2011

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

  1. Dreams: Because being chased by a tutu-wearing elephant can really put a damper on your morning.
  2. 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.
  3. Morning breath: Waking up with breath that will wilt flowers on contact is no fun for you and anyone around you.
  4. Lucidity: It’s kinda fun walking around in a fog. Kind of like being in a Fellini film…
  5. 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!

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