Warning: I wrote this post after only four hours of sleep.
I got four hours of sleep last night, thanks to my three-year-old daughter who mysteriously woke up at 11:15 p.m. screaming. She didn’t quit, except to inhale, until after 2 a.m. That’s when my husband dragged her out of our bed – we thought sleeping with us would calm her – it didn’t. And plopped her down in her own bed. Then slept badly in her bed, while I conked out. For the record, I let him sleep in extra this morning.
Tonight we’ll lose another hour thanks to Daylight Savings
If you need to catch up on sleep, have you thought about trying ZzzQuil? (My husband swears by regular NyQuil when he’s coming down with a head cold.) Whether it’s because you’re tending miserable children or too stressed about life to rest, ZzzQuil may be something to try. It’s a non-habit-forming sleep-aid so you can fall asleep easily, sleep soundly and wake up feeling like you actually slept. Here’s a printable coupon for $1 off ZzzQuil.
So what the heck was wrong with my daughter last night?
Did she have a fever?
Did her tummy hurt?
Did her head hurt?
Did any part of her hurt?
Was she thirsty?
Well, yes. But after seven micro sips of water, we began to question her definition of thirst.
Did she have to pee?
Was she too warm?
Was she cold?
Having covered all the bases, we didn’t know what else to do so we started at the top and asked her all the questions again.
Have you ever had a night like this?
Sidenote: Every once and a while I ask myself why I don’t I make more weekend plans. We rarely go farther than a local park or attraction, while other friends are trekking around the region checking out parks, restaurants, and jumpy houses. Some of them even have the gall to plan overnight trips.
Then we have a night like last night and I feel like a good parent. Because today we can stay in our pajamas all day and my husband and I will do as little as possible. And the kids will have hours of uninterrupted play to do what they want.
Some daylight savings survey data from the makers of ZzzQuil.
- More than half of all US adults say their sleep is affected by the time change.
- Daylight Saving Time has caused annoying problems for more than half of all Americans including oversleeping (more than a third), skipping part of their morning routine like shaving (more than 15%) and missing an appointment (more than 10%).
- Yet, more than three quarters of all Americans (81%) do nothing to prepare for it, including more than a third (43%) who don’t go to bed early the night before.
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8. Spring forward, fall back. Crap, we lose an hour this time.
I’m going to bed early tonight, are you?
FTC disclosure: I was compensated for this post.
Dacia Daly says
I see one thing not on your check list and that is a nightmare. My little sister would wake up crying many nights with bad dreams would end up sleeping with me and hanging on for dear life to my nightgown. She always was afraid someone was under the bed or in the closet????
Bargain Babe says
@Dacia You’re right! We missed that one. Maybe that was why she was freaking out.
My toddler woke up several times last night complaining (very loudly) about wanting to change her pajamas. As we were all in the same room with the four-month-old, she woke him up several times and I really didn’t have the time to devote to her other than to be frustrated and hope she would fall back asleep while I nursed the baby. The baby was up for the day at 5am, and when the toddler finally woke up at 7 I shipped her downstairs to grandma, telling grandma that she had woken up several times “being crazy” and “probably not fully awake.” Turns out that she had something poky stuck in her pajamas all night. Bad mama. But sometimes we’re doing the best we can to survive. You guys seem to have done everything you could with Lucy and I’m glad you survived the night! Hope the rest of the week has been slightly better 🙂