Daddy’s gone, Mommy’s got insomnia

Ok Ladies, I know I am not alone in this phenomenon. But I don’t understand it! I am not afraid of the dark, things going bump in the night, people breaking in, kids not breathing, becoming a random murder victim. Ok, now that I think of it…. maybe I am. I suppose all of those years living so close to Gary, murder capital of the universe, eventually had to take its toll on my poor psyche! But I’m not there anymore, no where near. I am in suburbia heaven! Lush green grass, lots of family neighbors, cul de sacs, SUVs, playdates, etc. I am in the land of La La! Maybe I just need to be perpetually cuddled? I don’t know but what I do know is I need some freaking sleep!Immediately! This is what happens, my husband goes away on business and I can’t sleep. Absolutely can not sleep. I’m talking full on insomnia in rampant proportions. What makes it worse is that this is NOT a temporary situation, this is the situation. Last week, I was up every night until at least 2 am. The only reason I went to sleep was because I forced myself to shut down all mental functioning in the name of sanity, and for my children’s safety. I am not a morning person when I’ve had less than 6 hours of sleep. 6 hours is the minimum sane functioning level for me, anything less for more than a day and I am full blown, off the reservation crazy. I do not jest! What do you ladies do to curb this insanity? I’ve spoken to several friends and it seems the only cure for what ails me is my husband, and that is not a possibility at this point. He’s there working, I’m here…NOT SLEEPING! Sleep medication is not an option because I have to be somewhat  lucid in case the girls need me in the middle of the night. So, here I am, Sleepless in South Bend. I really wish I was a sleep camel, storing it all up on the weekend to get me through the week. Think that’s an option? It is a nifty concept. Of course, when would I fit my husband cuddles and conjugal visits in if I were practicing my sleep camel antics on the weekends? If you have any suggestions for helping me to catch up on my rest, please share. I know a lot of us could use the advice! If not, I say Who’s up for midnight chats? LOL Stay tuned, as the week goes on and my sleep supply dwindles, God only knows what may end up in these posts. Toodles! I need a nap before Big Daddy leaves the building.

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4 Responses to Daddy’s gone, Mommy’s got insomnia

  1. Aging Mommy says:

    My husband was away just recently for a whole week and as usual I did not sleep well while he was gone. I went to bed later, took forever to fall asleep and then was awake again at 4am wishing desperately for more sleep. Normally I sleep really well but if he is away I don't – I really don't know why as like you I don't believe I am worried about being on my own, but maybe deep down I really am?Alcohol would definitely work but as you say, dealing with children the next day would then be a bit of a problem!

  2. ~J says:

    I'm the EXACT same way..fortunately I don't have to do it very often..but I'm just a total paranoid mess if I'm holding down the fort!

  3. Frances says:

    I am just like that! I turn on all the lights and lock all the doors and windows. Then and only then can I sleep! And I live in a building where security is so tight, even I can't enter it without an ID! And still I am sleepless when the hubby's not here!!!One time, when he came home, he said, "You didn't sleep again? And it's so stuffy in here. Why didn't you open the windows?""Someone might come in through the windows.""What! We live on the 33rd floor! Who'd come in?!""Superman."

  4. Frances-I love it!!!! Superman!!! Hey, you never know! Superman could be a freak!!! I'm the same way.I end up with both girls in my room, doors shut, windows locked, phone on bedside table…hot as hades in my room. Pretty embarrassing but hey,we gotta feel safe:) It's tough holding down the fort when Daddy's away!

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