Falling Asleep

Princess Nagger 4 Months Old

Sleep, glorious sleep.  Everybody and every body needs it.  Your brain definitely needs it.  Different ages need different hours – it’s interesting how newborns need about 18 hours per day, and as you get older you need less and less…until you get older, then it reverts back to needing more.

Princess Nagger is not a morning person – on the weekends she’ll happily sleep in until noon if I let her.  Sometimes I do, depending on how late I let her stay up the night before, or how many hours of sleep she needs to catch up on from the week.  Everyone can stand to use a recharge now and again.

Little Dude is the opposite – he wakes up literally at the crack of dawn every morning, loud, boisterous, ready to go – so that pretty much negates the hubby and I sleeping in on the weekends anymore, with the compact human alarm clock blaring at 6:30am (or earlier). I’ve gotten him acclimated to at least playing quietly in his room until everyone wakes up, to give all a chance to sleep in on the weekends.  He’s managed to keep it under wraps until 6:55am.  Ahem.

Falling asleep is tricky – both the hubby and Princess Nagger can be asleep within five minutes of their head hitting the pillow.  Oh how I wish that were the case for me.  My mind is always going, so it takes at minimum a half-hour to fall asleep for me.

On those nights that the hubby’s snoring quite loudly, it takes even longer for me to fall asleep.  I end up interrupting his blissful (snoring) sleep when I jab him with my elbow, knee or foot.  There was one time I kept having to nudge and jab him, and with each successive nudge, he’d shift away from me…until the final jab he moved away and fell off the bed.


Little Dude tends to take two hours to finally fall asleep – he does everything in his power to keep himself awake.  Whether that be rolling all over the bed, burrowing under his covers, turning his socks into sock puppets, sticking his head inside his pillow case (with his pillow still in it), singing and talking, talking, talking…to himself.  All in the name of just keeping himself awake, no matter how tired he is.  He’ll finally quiet down and crash out about two hours later.

Which brings me to this week’s question:

How long does it take you to fall asleep? 

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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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33 thoughts on “Falling Asleep

  1. OK, it doesn’t take too long for me to get asleep, maybe ten minutes or so. but the problem is convincing myself to go to bed 🙂 I need to break away from the worries before, so I try to read something, watch TV and so on. In the end I always end-up going to sleep very late…

  2. Awww, very cute picture! It is weird to see their sleeping positions, right? Mine do this in the car too, I always wonder if they are gonna break the neck or not ;).

  3. Falling asleep has never been much of a problem for me. It is the staying asleep that I have a hard time with. I have been drinking chamomile tea before I go to bed for the last week and it has worked like a charm. I can even sleep through the snoring (JR and Nessa)

  4. I try to read before bed, so falling asleep isn’t normally too hard. Unless I wake during the night. Sometimes I can fall back to sleep easily and other times it could be hours or I could be up for good.

  5. It depends for me. If it was a long day, usually pretty quick. If nothing really went on that day, my brain feels like it didn’t do enough and I can stay awake reading for hours.

  6. I guess I’m lucky because I fall asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow and I stay asleep until my alarm goes off.

  7. It takes me forever, and often I can’t at all and am up all night, at least 2-3 times a week. 🙁 Been like this my whole life, so I gave up fighting it!

  8. Most nights it does not take me long to fall asleep. Lately I have been falling asleep while reading a book on the couch. Then I hear something and TechyDad is nice enough to help me move to our room.

  9. Depends on how busy and stressed I am. But for the most part, it’s not falling asleep – it’s staying asleep. That’s my problem.

  10. If I am tired and ready it takes a matter of minutes. If I lay down and I am not tired, then I could toss and turn forever!

  11. What a sweet baby. It takes me forever to fall asleep.
    I have a granddaughter who is 10 months living with me and
    she falls to sleep if we rock her or lay down with her but I am trying
    to get her to fall asleep on her own. It is so hard.
    She already loves to look at books though and sometimes I read to her before bed to get her to wind down some. New follower thru
    Posh on a Budget.

  12. I’d say about 10 to 15 minutes winding down thinking about what I have to do the next day & of course my prayers. Have a great weekend my friend. Hugzzzzzzzz to the kiddies.

  13. When my head hits the pillow. I’ve been working 12 hr. shifts & between that talking to my girl on line, chores, and gigs well, I guess I’m wearing it thin lately. Good question & have a good one.

  14. I seriously would have busted out laughing if my hubby fell of the bed-Probably not to funny to them though!! LOL

    I’m with you-my mind is always going, going, going, so it takes me a while to fall asleep, if I fall asleep at all! I go through bouts of insomnia, so sometimes I’m up for 24 to 48 hours at a time O.o

    Happy Friday!

  15. It doesn’t take long for me to fall asleep these days! My sleep is precious and minimal so I have to make the minutes count. BUT some nights it just doesn’t work out that way so I play Angry Birds till the phone falls out of my hands and hits me in the face 😉


  16. I’m with you, laying their listening to everyone else snoring, til I fall asleep, just before they wake up 🙁 I am a new follower, came to you via Chubby Cheeks Thinks

  17. Princess Nagger looks like an angel.
    Everybody needs an healthy amount of sleep everyday. I try and do just that.
    I never knew that newborns needed eighteen hours of sleep everyday.
    I need about ten-fifteen minutes to fall asleep.


  18. Awe! The little dude is so cute! I’m a new follower and I found you on fridays Bligh hop. 🙂 Yeah, km playing catch up. Happy Sunday!

  19. My hubbie tells me that I fall asleep instantly. Apparently though I also snowre? But I go to bed first because he snores first. 12yrold takes about a half hour, mr10, sounds very much like your little dude. And he sleeps iwth the light on. yep at 10. Mr7? zzzzzzzzzzz 630pm and up again at 620 and he even wants to keep sleeping? It boggles my mind? how can anyone need that much sleep?

  20. Very good post enjoyed reading it. Brings back memories of our own children and their sleep habits. The girl wouldn’t sleep at all. We used to drive her around till she fell asleep. Trying to get her out of the car without waking her was a nightmare though. On the other hand our son would sleep any where at any time. Luckily we had our daughter first so when our son came along his sleep patterns were like a blessing.

    Thanks brought back some fond memories.