Sleep vs Me Time: Which to Choose?
Editor's Note: Moms need more sleep! Moms need more time to themselves! We hear these bits of advice -- get more sleep, take more time for you -- but no one ever adds more hours to the day. Such a shame. Robin at Farewell Stranger writes about the problem, the way we exchange one for the other and how it's just never enough. -Jenna
I know some parents who can function on very little sleep and so can quite handily go to bed late and still be fine when their offspring disturb their slumber. I’m not one of them. I need sleep – the undisturbed, drool-on-the-pillow-and-wake-up-when-I’m-damn-well-ready kind. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that I haven’t had enough of that in the last four-and-a-half years.
Unfortunately, this need for quality sleep is at odds with another one of my primary requirements for sanity, which is to have a decent amount of time to myself. And so, like so many other mothers, I sacrifice one for the other.