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post #121 of 504
eilonwy
hope your bubba feels better soon
post #122 of 504

I Belong Here

I have basically no internal clock. A recent move from Atlantic to Pacific time hasn't helped. DH stays up late. I just wake and sleep at freakish and random hours.
post #123 of 504
to all the new nocturnal folk.

We had a bad night with dd2 last night; I think she must be getting some teeth or something. She was horribly restless and kept us both awake on and off. Hopefully tonight will be better.

Wishing you all good rest when you get to bed
post #124 of 504
I've got a friend from Oxfordshire. In fact, I think my brother is there as well. Insanity, how small and yet large the world is.

Bear's still sick. He's sleeping in little burts, and I'm going to try to catch them. I was soo tired all day today from being up with him. Poor little fellow.
post #125 of 504
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We have several friends who are disparaging about our late rising and virtuous about their early habits. Is this a protestant work ethic thing? I am working hard after midnight most nights when they are in bed so their jibes about our slothfulness are a bit irritating.

What do others think of your nocturnal life?
I work 7 pm to 7 am 3 nights a week--in fact I'm at work now, and that's a full time schedule. (Ironically, I'm a sleep tech, and spend my working time watching people sleep!) I love my job. I enjoy the work, because it's interesting, challenging, the pay is good, and I help people get better sleep. When I applied for the job, after the doctor went over my qualifications, he asked if I was a night person or a morning person. Obviously a night person, and one of the things that attracted me to the job was the hours.

When I tell people what I do for a living, the standard response is, "that's interesting, but don't you hate the hours? When I say I love the hours, people are surprised.

I have tried to be a morning person, and I failed miserably. Working nights gives me an excuse to sleep in even when I'm not working. Before I had this job I worked 8:30 am-3:30 pm. The schedule was excruciating, and the work itself sucked, for low pay, too. But I noticed more of my friends thought the 8:30-3:30 schedule was great, so I got, "it's too bad the work is awful, but at least the hours are good."
post #126 of 504
that does sound like an interesting job, parthenia!
I'm a midwife, so I often work crazy hours, but it's never regular or predictable
post #127 of 504

Respecting my Superpower

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What do others think of your nocturnal life?
People are pretty accepting of my staying up late, or getting up at 3am, or otherwise random sleeping. My dad worked shifts though, as did a lot of other people we knew. Our house wasn't very scheduled since we worked around my dad's shifts and sleeping as much as was possible, and everybody understood that some people do stuff at night and sleep during the day.

I actually have a theory that everyone has a superpower. DH has super human healing. You can practically sit and watch his cuts and scraps be repaired by his body. My superpower is the ability to resist sleep cycles to which the mortal world must succumb, and to function well on not a lot of sleep.

I actually sleep more like a normal person now because DH works business hours (sort of) and the kids are kind of normal. Our oldest is inclined to stay up late and sleep for eleven or twelve hours from when she fell asleep, but our middle child sleeps 8 to 8. Left to my own devices though, without something to impose something of a schedule, I usually lapse into sleeping from pre-dawn to lunch with a nap before supper.
post #128 of 504
Well, despite the lack of sleeping I'm usually awake at an obscene hour. I've just never been a huge sleeper. Left on my own, I will naturally lapse into a nocturnal schedule, going to bed around 2 p.m. and waking at 6:30-7:00 each evening. I"ve been this way since I was a little girl. I feel like I need more sleep, but if I get more than eight hours on any given night it means I'm ill and/or pregnant. I'm not capable of sleeping for that long every night-- when I try, I end up waking earlier and earlier until I'm only sleeping four.

So I rarely get the looks about not being productive because I'm up at odd hours. I've always been the friend that people call when something gets screwed up at 2 in the morning. Everyone knows I'm likely to be awake and if not awake able to cope with the interruption. People have been greatful for me being a nightowl on many occasions.

Today I'm tired, though. The baby slept better than he did Sunday night, but he's still not feeling well. That's what messes with me more than the amount of time I get-- the length of the little naps that make up the night. I get into a bad cycle and I'm poorly rested. Four consecutive hours? Fine. Eight hours, chopped into bits? No deal. I'm going to have to finagle a nap or two today; Hopefully the other kiddos will cooperate.
post #129 of 504
Eilonwy, hope Bear is feeling better and that the kids cooperated

DH is working long hours during the day, and DS has been going to bed before midnight, so it looks like I'm the only night owl in the house currently.

The only person who gives me shit about my family's bedtime is my mom, most of my friends are nigthowls too or don't judge
post #130 of 504
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I actually have a theory that everyone has a superpower. DH has super human healing. You can practically sit and watch his cuts and scraps be repaired by his body. My superpower is the ability to resist sleep cycles to which the mortal world must succumb, and to function well on not a lot of sleep.
That is a good way to look at it! I'm off to bed now at a mere 1.40am because it is getting cold down here next to the pc and dh has been in bed for about 4 hours so the bed will be nice and warm
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i finally updated my sig pictures... they really needed it. my oldest is turning 5 but her pic was of a 3 yr old.
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i finally updated my sig pictures... they really needed it. my oldest is turning 5 but her pic was of a 3 yr old.
I need to get to that soon, DS's pic is around a year old.
post #133 of 504
Back again.I am usually in bed by 1 but lately its been creeping closer to 2 and now its looking like 3.DH is a morning person even without having to go to a job so he just doesn't get it.He thinks I should just close up shop and go to bed at a decent hour like him ( 9, the horror!).Between nursing the baby down and resetting the house for the next day and just getting time without someone on my lap ( including him) I just can't go to sleep that early.I am also the one who takes care of the youngling who needs help at night.
I get to see sunrises and appreciate them too,I am just going to sleep at that time.
What's really keeping me up right now is watching the news, BBC American has me in its thrall, no straight newscaster here would wear a lavender polka dot tie and pink shirt.
post #134 of 504
It's after 2 am here and we just finished watching Casablanca
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What's really keeping me up right now is watching the news, BBC American has me in its thrall, no straight newscaster here would wear a lavender polka dot tie and pink shirt.
You should watch the news on Channel 4 with Jon Snow; he wears all kinds of tie and shirt combos and you even get a glimpse of sock colour every now an then. I think you can watch again from that page.

Even dh is still awake with me tonight while I've been tracing and cutting a dress pattern and struggling over a small bust adjustment. He's telling me know that he feels like death so I think we'd better head off to bed.
post #136 of 504
hey all you night owls who's up?
post #137 of 504
We're up still. I got DS to sleep early last night b/c he didn't take a nap, but today he took an extra long one, so I think we'll be up for a while.
post #138 of 504
We're up! I really should at least get dd1 to bed though, need to get up by 9 for a cool fall festival.
post #139 of 504
I'm up, though I really shouldn't be. I should be at least trying to sleep as I'm going out yardsaling tomorrow. I've just been tossing and turning though, so here I am on the mdc!
post #140 of 504
i'm tired. but dd wont sleep for another 4 hours at least...
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