Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sleep and Soda

Aside from the back to school cleaning challenge I've been failing miserably at, I'm also not getting enough sleep.

Not getting enough sleep really wears you down.

I think about my toddlers what they are like when they don't get enough sleep. How silly of me to think I was any different!

I've been such a bad mom because I've been tired. Plain and simple. No patience. No energy. No motivation.

My solution? Drinking caffeine sodas, of course!

Initially, I started drinking the sodas because I read it helped those with ADD to focus. I found I had more energy and was getting a quite a bit done. I thought it was a total win.

Then the sleeping stopped. I would be up doing things around the house til midnight, then lie in bed til 2 a.m. trying to sleep. The little ones are up by 7 and we are out the door by 730. I'd be dragging by noon and in need of a pick me up. Really, someone my age should not be existing on basically 5 hours of sleep! Ok, NO ONE can possibly be living a healthy life on just five hours of sleep.

So, I'd drink another soda and find myself up til the wee hours. It was a vicious cycle.

Three weeks ago, I made a commitment to myself to go to bed earlier. I was a better mom, but there were times when I found myself hitting Sonic for a 50 cent Dr. Pepper. I realized I was really throwing away money and my well being. It had to stop.

I went cold turkey off the soda. I relapsed. I was up til 3 a.m. I was a bear. I was a bad mom. I was miserable. My kids were miserable.

No more caffeine sodas. No more staying up til midnight. Bed at a reasonable hour is a good expectation for everyone in the family! I guess just because I'm mom doesn't mean I'm above the rules.


  1. Have you been reading my journal? I've decided that staying up late is an addiction for me. If you find the secret to beating it, please let me know.

  2. I've been in the sleep deprived/mean mom cycle for close to two months. MAKE IT STOP! :) ugh. The worst part? I'm a writer. If I was waiting tables like I did back in the day - I could still at least appear to be functioning. Unfortunately, being creative AND grammatically correct on five hours of sleep - just. doesn't. happen.


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