Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sleeping in

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

When I lost my day job (almost six years ago), one of the routines Mr. L wanted to observe was getting up at a regular time.

Why the heck did I want to do that?  I'd been getting up at the crack of dawn for more than twenty years.  I wanted to sleep in.

But noooooooooooo!  These traditions must be upheld.  And they were
. . . for a while.  But then I'd conveniently forget to set the alarm.  The only problem was . . . I'd trained myself to get up early and I couldn't STOP it. 

So ... it's been a bit of a surprise that lately we've been sleeping in.  Until SEVEN o'clock!  Well, not every day.  But maybe two out of seven days.   That's quite a departure from four or five in the morning.  Of course, to sleep in, I probably have had to have been awake for two or three hours during the night, tossing, turning, listening to cats fight, or thinking about my latest work in progress.  (Usually those last two.)

And of course I couldn't sleep in today.  I had to get up and write this post.

Do you get to sleep in?

15 comments:

Pj Schott said...

Something to be said about keeping regular hours. And dawn and dusk are the most beautiful times of the day. The Witches Hour & The Magic Hour.

Sue said...

I wish I could sleep in...I'm up at 5 or 5:30 every morning. Of course I have 2 dogs that think they need to go out at that time. They go back to bed when we get in but I can't so I'm up with my coffee cup, the news on tv and a good book.

Elizabeth Dunne said...

with a 15 month old no! But, I really don't mind being up early - I agree with another post, dawn and dusk are the best times of day...

Booklady said...

I don't think I've slept in since I was a kid - and we don't want to talk about how long ago that was. I generally don't sleep through the night anyway and so by 5:00 a.m. I can't stand the tossing and turning anymore and I'm happy to get up for coffee. It's always quiet in the house at that time. Just me, the dogs, my coffee and a chance to catch up the blogs I follow.

Aurian said...

I like sleeping in every now and then. Especially when I know there is nothing I really have to do that day. But since I have a snoring boyfriend, who works night shifts, I get up around 8 or 9 in the weekend. It also saves on headaches from sleeping too long.

Kristin said...

With 3 dogs in bed with us, no way. 7:00 is their limit. One will be licking my face, one will be sitting on my head and the other will be sitting and staring. :) Good thing they are small dogs.

signlady217 said...

Absolutely! I only set the alarm for church on Sunday or when I have an appointment (like today, a wedding shower at 11). Of course, I'm pretty much a night owl, so I'm up till around 1 or so most nights. Most of the time I'm awake by around 10, so that's still the regular 8-9 hours of sleep; way more than I got when I was going to the day job. What's bad is those nights when I just can't sleep (for whatever reason) and I'm awake until 4, 5, 6 in the morning. That really messes me up!

Barbara said...

When I retired 5 yrs. ago, I promised myself I wouldn't get up at 5:15 and rush around anymore, and I don't. Dave gets up at 6 and I snooze until he's out of the bathroom. Then I get up, feed the cats, have breakfast, and then sit with my coffee reading the paper. Now if I could just stop Dave from making early appts., I would be all set.

Linda McDonald said...

For years I had to be at work at 6:00am, so those years were no sleep in years for me. More recently, I've had mornings off, not needing to be into work until 11:30am. And yes, I have very much enjoyed sleeping in.

Dru said...

No, matter how much I want to sleep in, my internal alarm clock will wake me up by 5am.

Vickie said...

DH gets to sleep in, but I was raised as a farm girl and have always been the one to get up early. Lady K knows this and I am the one she goes to first since she has the same mentality. Up and at 'em early, daylight's a' wastin'. Sleeping in for me is 0700 unless I am on a mid shift and I sleep as long as I can when I get off shift at 0700, home by 0730 and hopefully to bed by 0800.
When I lived alone, I would stay in bed on weekends and read, not sleep. Felt decadent.

ev said...

If it's a day off for me and hubby has gone to work, Isis, one of my doxies, will stand at the bottom of the stairs and bark. Once. Then wait. Then bark again. Every few seconds. The stairwell echos too.

This starts at the stroke of 8am. I swear she can tell time. And she won't stop til she hears me up.

Sarita said...

I try to sleep in, but it just doesn't happen. I'm an early riser!

Nancy said...

These days I can sleep whenever I want to or need to. No 2 a.m. feedings, no job, no getting kids off to school or husband off to work. I can nap if I feel the need, also. I feel for young mothers who are sleep deprived. I remember those days. Ironically, just when you've earned the right to sleep all you want - you no longer want to sleep as much. I'm pretty sure that I've caught up on my sleep, though.

Chris said...

I am a bit spoiled and usually sleep until between 7 and 7:30 :) With 5 kids that is a miracle, but so needed sometimes.