Category Archives: Sleep

Bedtime rituals

To sleep, perchance to dream.

Bedtime around here is always a bit of a challenge. When I spend time with Saul in the evening around bedtime he wants to play and doesn't want to go to sleep; he'd be happy to be up doing things until well past his 8:15 bedtime. As he gets more and more tired he gets more and more wild. Sometimes his tired and my tired collide.

Jonathan doesn't often fall asleep for very long in the living room if we put him down for a rest, I guess there's too much going on with light and noise to have him get really calm. He does like walks around in the night air, but even those don't always work. I think I'm going to start doing more of what I did tonight which was to take him up into the bedroom and stay with him until he falls asleep.

As for me, I get a lot of useful things done after everyone else in the house is asleep, just because it's easier to concentrate and to do tasks that take an hour or two start to finish to get done.

"You lack the season of all natures, sleep." "Macbeth" (William Shakespeare) (Amazon), (AADL)

Synchronizing diurnal rhythms

The Wall Street Journal notes in a recent article about the rapper Jay-Z, newly hired as a record company exec, that he may have a hard time “synchronizing diurnal rhythms” with both his club-going late night crowd and his power-breakfast executive colleagues.

I remember when Saul was small that he wasn’t ever really sure when night and day was and so he didn’t sleep at night. You can hire a consultant (again says the WSJ) to help you sync your baby’s diurnal rhythms, rates $150/hr and up – perhaps not too much to spend if you have too much money and not enough sleep.

My days tend to run a little bit longer than 24 hours, so it’s easy to get up early on Mondays, and very hard to get up early on Fridays. On the weekends it’s easier, less to keep track of then. I’m starting to chart sleep patterns in iCal (using a separate calendar layer) just to see if that’s really true.