One Couple's Stumblings Through Parenthood and Marriage

Monday, May 15, 2006

Way Too Tired

I am suffering from severe sleep deprivation. Late to bed, early to rise, crying children in the night. It all adds up to a very sleepy set of parents.

This morning I had my first dentist appointment in several years. I was so sleepy, that my eyes were rolling even while the dental hygienist picked away at my teeth with a Cavitron (water pick). It seems that the moment my body goes prone, it starts gearing up for sleep - even if there is some stranger scraping and poking at my mouth. At one point during her poking around looking for signs of gum disease, I was really fighting it. She would poke around a few times, taking her measurements, and then turn to a chart of my mouth to record her findings. After about 2 minutes of this, she turned once again, and in the intervening 10 seconds, I literally fell asleep. Only the sensation of a finger tugging at my lips and opening my jaw brought me to my senses.

I really need to get more sleep.

9 comments:

Ian said...

If only you worked in a premium bedding store...

Cinder6 said...

If you went to school, you'd have a place to sleep.

Raging Wombat said...

Could I somehow combine the two? Is there a school that teaches you how to properly work at a premium bedding store?

That would be torture for me right now - seeing all those beds and not being able to sleep!

chelsa said...

fortunately/unfortunately, your dentist appointment was not more drill-oriented. it might have kept you awake. my dentist had '50 first dates' playing the last time i was in. we also had that movie playing in the hospital while i was in labor. i'm beginning to regard that movie as an omen of bodily discomfort.

Ian said...

Many times, Adam Sandler is an omen of ill comfort.

Jabbertrack said...

I nearly fell asleep a couple weeks ago at the dentist, but they were using power tools... the vibration was kinda soothing.

Just be careful driving friend, I know you don't understand what it means to be drunk but if you are driving while sleep depro the drunks on the road have more skills than you.

My pops hit a phone poll when I was about 2 because of sleep depro.

Raging Wombat said...

Mike - power tools? That beats me.

Thanks for the warning about driving while sleep deprived. I have seen studies done that show that people suffering from sleep deprivation are worse drivers than those who drive while intoxicated. I'm always sure to drive alert and awake.

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