Freeform Katia

November 20, 2007

triumvirate of sleep

Filed under: musings — freeformkatia @ 1:15 pm

On Saturday night I did a babysitting gig as part of our babysitting co-op. My head didn’t hit my pillow that night until 12:30am, and even then I was WIDE awake. I was just falling asleep when at 1:08am the frantic and panicked screams of Maja came over the monitor: “Mommeeeeee!!!! Maaamaaaaaaaaa!!!! [sob sob sob]. I want [garble garble]! Mamaaaaaaaaa!!!” I ran upstairs. Maja was half-asleep, crying and screaming because she couldn’t find Baby Ghost (her new sleep companion). I found him tucked amongst the blankets and carefully tucked him back into her arms. She promptly lay down and went back to sleep. By 1:30am, my darling husband grew weary of my constant kicking to get him to stop snoring and eventually abandoned me to sleep up on the third floor. I think I fell asleep shortly thereafter, only to be awake at 4:30am to feed Madeleine. Sleep after that was fitful and I was roused by one of the children by 6:00am.

Needless to say I spent Sunday in a sort of haze.

Determined to get a good sleep on Sunday night, as I actually had to come in to work on Monday, I set the stage by creating the triumvirate of sleep. Triumvirate, according to Wikipedia, is “commonly used to describe a political regime dominated by three powerful individuals.” In this case the regime was My Sleep and the three powerful individuals were as follows:

  1. fresh sheets on the bed. There is nothing like climbing into a freshly made bed.
  2. a hot shower. There is nothing like taking a hot shower and then climbing into a freshly made bed.
  3. a mug of hot milk and honey. This is something my parents would occasionally give us before bed, and it works. Milk has some tryptophan (same stuff that’s in turkey) which makes you sleepy, and calcium which helps your brain to use tryptophan. A little honey (aka glucose!), not enough to get you wired, switches off orexin — a neurotransmitter that is linked to alertness.

I was out in 5 minutes. ahhhhh. Sweet blessed sleep.



  1. Have you come across the article (in Yahoo news, NY Times) that mothers getting less than 5 hrs per night of sleep when their babies are 6 months old are much more likely to have NOT lost their pregnancy weight gain??? Makes sense I think, in that I eat worst when sleep deprived… anyway, there’s more proof in case you needed any that sleep is a GOOD thing!!

    Comment by Lynette — November 20, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

  2. I had absolutely NO idea I was triggering all these chemical reactions!!! But – whatever works, we do need our sleep, any age, nursing or non-nursing ……
    Been there

    Comment by Mom — November 29, 2007 @ 10:57 am

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