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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?

graylen graylen 9 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 9 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 9 years
I rarely count the hours that I sleep. I do count the hours of sleep that my kids get.
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