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Do You Count Your Hours of Sleep?

Some people count sheep, but a lot of parents count their hours of sleep. As mothers we are accustomed to waking in the middle of the night to feed a newborn, calm a child after a nightmare or clean up the mess when a wee one falls ill.

Early on, I learned to ignore the clock because I felt better rested when I didn't know how many hours I slept. All the same, I have friends who swear they are tired if they are fifteen minutes shy of their required six, seven or eight hours of shut eye.

Do you track your zzz's?
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graylen graylen 8 years
I HAVE to know how many hours I sleep. I don't know why, but I can't go to sleep without knowing what time it is. Weird, I know!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Not really. I mean, my husband and I will sometimes ask the other if it's ok if we run in for a nap "because I only got a few hours sleep last night," but I don't generally count. And even when I do know how many hours, I don't whine about it to others. It's not like I went into parenting expecting to get a lot of sleep, or like the people I work with aren't tired for their own reasons. Complaining about my own makes it sound like someone else's is less important.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Not really. I mean, my husband and I will sometimes ask the other if it's ok if we run in for a nap "because I only got a few hours sleep last night," but I don't generally count. And even when I do know how many hours, I don't whine about it to others. It's not like I went into parenting expecting to get a lot of sleep, or like the people I work with aren't tired for their own reasons. Complaining about my own makes it sound like someone else's is less important.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
I rarely count the hours that I sleep. I do count the hours of sleep that my kids get.
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