Falling Asleep

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 3, 2012 · 33 comments

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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 us 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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1 Dominique February 3, 2012 at 2:24 am

IT takes me more then 5 minutes to fall asleep and definitely much shorter to wake up..due to snoring or the baby fussing.
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2 Diana February 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

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…
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3 Julia February 3, 2012 at 6:15 am

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 ;).
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4 Michele February 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

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)
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5 Erica February 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

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.
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6 JRFrugalMom February 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

So precious!

It takes me forever to fall asleep, and then someone always wakes up in the middle of the night:)

7 Cheryl "Mash" February 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

Adorable picture!!!
It depends. I can be asleep within minutes and other nights it can take up to a couple of hours to finally fall asleep.
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8 Sprite's Keeper February 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

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.
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9 Catherine L. February 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

It can take a few hours for me to fall asleep. My mom says it’s because I think I’m going to miss something.
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10 Auntie E February 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

If I am watch TV and Lay down it almost immediately. If I go to the bed usually within 10 minutes.
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11 Kari February 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

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.
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12 Smellyann February 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

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!
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13 Beth February 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

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.
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14 Jan February 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

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.
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15 Sarah February 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

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!
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16 Joy February 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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
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17 JamericanSpice February 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That is funny about your hubs. I laughed :)

I go out like a light in a few seconds! Sometimes I don’t even remember how I went :)

18 Xmasdolly February 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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.
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19 Tom/Introducing Mr. Cool February 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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.
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20 Harriet February 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I just have to turn the TV on and the lights off and I’m out.

Have a great Friday!
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21 Kayla February 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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!

22 07908332702033714992 February 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

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 ;)


23 Menopausal New Mom February 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Most nights, less than 15 minutes.

Happy Friday!
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24 15593681353457168430 February 4, 2012 at 2:52 am

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

25 kailani February 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I’m usually out as soon as my head hits the pillow.

26 Roger Moore February 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

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.

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27 Leslie February 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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!

28 Nicholle Olores February 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

It takes 20 minutes to 30 minutes before I fall asleep because I use to think and recap what are the happenings in that whole day.
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29 Sonya M February 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

That photo is adorable!!!! I am so tired when I finally go to bed that it takes about a minute to fall asleep:) Seriously:)

30 Amanda from Gap Insurance February 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

Reminds of my second when asleep! Takes me about 5 seconds to go to sleep nowadays because the kids have tired me out so much!!! Bless em!

31 15791793539014223015 February 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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?

32 15791793539014223015 February 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Oh and Hubbie needs As much help to sleep at Julie! :)

33 Lee April 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

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.
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