Sally made a passing comment the other day, wondering if she was getting enough sleep and opened the floodgates to all manner of one-upmanship with regards to feeding babies, bed-swapping toddlers, the bemoaning of the loss of lie-ins and a one-liner from me:

"About 6 hours of broken sleep. Its a sore subject at the moment."

clock two fifty two amThe cause? Snoring! *glares at Kev*   One pillow, two pillows, on his back, on his side, using a Sound Asleep Snorban pillow, whatever.  And he sleeps so deeply that he has no idea that he's doing it either.  I recorded him once and thought about putting it on here but that would be cruel...  He protests by saying that I snore too but I know I don't.  I'm too ladylike to snore.  Cute little piggy grunts, maybe, but not loud enough to wake someone from their slumber and prevent them from nodding back off again.

I occasionally have a little granny-nap on the settee in the early evenings to make up for the broken sleep but when you have got used to surviving on little or broken sleep you'll find you get a second wind at some point (mine is at around 10pm).  So if I've dozed off at any point earlier in the day, I plough on through until I am tired again, which is sometimes 1.00am.

Sleep isn't something that you can store in reserve for a time when you need the extra push, so what do you do when you lose sleep?

I would have a lie in at the weekend but on the days that I don't have to get up early for work - and now that my children sleep until a stick a rocket launcher under the covers - I am usually awake before it is absolutely necessary to get up and can never settle back down again.  That's a sign of old-age, isn't it?

You would think I would be used surviving with no sleep.  When Jake was born (and before was diagnosed with ADHD) he used to sleep for anything between half an hour and two hours then stay away for the next eight hours.  This went on for approximately two-and-a-half years.  In fact, I was so adept at surviving of little or no sleep that I laughed at the idea of the reality TV Show, "Shattered" which involved a number of contestants going without sleep for a week (I'm sure I am the only person who remembers this.  Dermot O'Leary presented the nightly updates).  

If anyone ever crosses me again and I have reason to punish them, I have no problem with using sleep deprivation as a form of torture.