I had one of those nights on Thanksgiving Eve.
With an empty house (Scott & Ellie are spending the holiday weekend with my inlaws), I tend to stay up too late anyway, so it was almost midnight when I finally made it into bed.
And I don't know if it was the absence of my family (and especially my husband's breathing) that I missed, or the extra yowly cat who's been complaining about the absence of the munchkin, or that I'm a bit flared or what. But I just couldn't sleep.
First I tried my headache meds since that seemed like the most obvious culprit of why I couldn't sleep. That helped mellow my headache some, which made me notice all the other aches and pains. There was just no finding a position to lie in that didn't make some part of my body complain. So I took a pain pill.
At 3 a.m., I gave in and took an Ambien, figuring no one would care if I slept until late afternoon. At 4:30 a.m., I gave up and got out of bed and went downstairs to read. Kept the computer and the TV off since I've read that looking at a flickering screen makes it harder to fall asleep.
I put a load of laundry in the washer. I ran the dishwasher. I read a light novel. No dice.
I discovered that apparently newspapers get delivered later on holidays than normal weekdays, fetching the paper in at 6:45 a.m.
Then I was hungry, so I had leftover pizza for snack/breakfast. And finally made it to sleep around 8 a.m. Thursday.
It left me happy that I had chosen to stay home alone. A sleepless night in a hotel room with a sleeping child and husband is way worse than a sleepless night in a house where I can get out of bed and not be disturbing anyone.
And Thanksgiving Day turned out to be a perfect day for sleeping during "daylight" hours because it was such a gray day that sunlight didn't wake me before I was ready. And I was grateful that there was no one expecting me for a holiday meal or waiting for me to get up. (Ellie likes to roust me, and will sneak upstairs to do that if Scott isn't paying enough attention to her.)
I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!
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