Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sleep, It's a Beautiful Thing...

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...when you get some. 

I am one of those people who physically needs 8-9 hours of sleep to feel well rested and not wake up like a grinch. Here's my dilemma. I don't usually average that much time a night on my mattress. More importantly, I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Most nights I wake up several times to turn over, adjust the covers, get comfy, or lay there wondering why the heck I am not sleeping. 

There's another contributor to my poor sleep. At first guess you would probably think the Mr. snored, right? Wrong, he is the perfect sleeping partner. He doesn't {usually} hog the bed and he doesn't snore. Aside from getting up to go to the bathroom on occasion, which does wake me, he is pretty great.

This leaves us with only one other person animal. 

We started an extremely bad habit when we got the Fur Baby. For a long while he would sleep in his kennel in our bedroom. Then we would let him in our bed in the morning. He was just too darn cute and snuggly. Plus, we wanted to lay in bed just a little longer. I don't know where we went wrong, but somehow he made his way into our bed every night. Must have been when we packed up his kennel for good to let him roam the house like a free man. Let's see. He is 5 now. So we must have packed the kennel up 4 years ago? 

So, for the last 4 years I have slept like I have a newborn in the house. I blame the Fur Baby. His routine is to curl up right next to me every single night. So, he starts out in our bed, under all the covers, and in between the Mr. and I. Ok, fine. Not a problem....if he would stay there all night long. This animal goes in and out of the covers. He will paw at you or the covers until you lift them so he can go all the way under. His favorite thing to do half way through the night is to curl up right in between your legs, which you can imagine is the most uncomfortable position to sleep. Or, my least favorite; when he lays on his back with all four paws in the air, twitching, dreaming, chasing a squirrel, and 1/2 barking/crying. 

I'm sure you are saying to yourself, "just move him then". Yes, that is a great idea! First you will hear him let out this huge groan like you have inconvenienced him terribly. Sometimes he gets over it, other times he comes out of the covers and stares at you like you ruined his night. Then he'll go right back where he was, to smite me I'm sure of it.

So, Fur Baby, you and I need to have a little pow-wow. This Fur Mama is over not sleeping well, and well, you are the cause of that. Please find a way to not wake me 17 times a night or perhaps bother your daddy for the next 4 years and give me a little break? I think the answer is to get a puppy brother for you. That way you two can sleep together on the floor in a nice cozy dog bed. Don't get me wrong, I love you, probably too much. I love our snuggle time together too. I just love sleep more. Sleep is a beautiful thing and I need more of it!

P.S. I'm all about some tips on how to sleep well, as long as they don't include drinking warm milk {gag} before bed. 


  1. Have you tried melatonin? It's a supplement you take before going to bed, and it's a hormone your body already produces to regulate the sleep cycle. Sometimes you can take it for a while, then stop once your body is adjusted to your new schedule. It also helps you sleep deeper!

    My cat loves to sleep on my chest and make it hard for me to breathe. It's adorable, but he wakes we up more than anything else during the night.

  2. This is so funny because sometimes I convince Ryan to let Marcy sleep out of her cage and he HATES it. I know I'll regret it if I make it a habit....but she's so cuddly and cute....until she stabs you with her paws in the middle of the night...

  3. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award over on the blog today!

  4. This is what we feared as well. We have, from day 1, made it a rule that our one and a half year old beagle not sleep on the bed or even jump up until we tell him it is ok. He usually sleeps with us in the room and tends to cry and cry when we place him in the cage, but that is rare. One thing I would recommend is to use a word every time it is bedtime; we say "its sleepy time". Do this every night, and hopefully after a week or so try putting him in the kettle and saying "its sleepy time" and see what happens. That is what we do and have been doing for over a year now. Hope this helps! :)


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