I sleep with Chester and Gretel. It’s my “comfort food”. You know, that meal you had as a kid that, when you eat it now, takes you to your happy place.?When I was a kid, I slept with my cat Jack every night and sleeping with a small dog is similar.
I recently bought a FitBit Force (which has recently been recalled due to “rashes”…which I have not had an issue with) that tracks my activity and sleep patterns. I didn’t need that thing to tell me that my sleep in constantly interrupted.
A while ago I wrote a post titled “How Do You Sleep at Night” with a few horrible drawings illustrating how restless Chester and Gretel are – switch positions all night – and how I move to accommodate them.
I no longer have to get up at 5 am (been two years) to go to work but their doggy brains don’t know that. They STILL wake me up at 5 am every morning – or 430, or 4 or sometimes all 3 – to eat.
Last night there was something going on with Gretel. Sadly, it is a more common occurrence than I like to think. Gretel and I went to bed at 11. Before I could doze off, Chester came in and wanted in bed. Hubby came in around 1230 to go to bed so we woke up for a minute. Gretel decided that she really had to pee at 130 am….and again at 330 am….so up and to the back door I went. Then both dogs started getting restless about 430 and finally insisted that I get up at 5 am.
By then I was awake…so here I am writing this post.
My blogger friend, Kimberly, at Keep the Tail Wagging just adopted two litttermate puppies. Although they don’t sleep in her bed, they cry several times a night and she has to get up to let them out. It is expected that they will grow out of this stage.
Chester and Gretel are 4 and 11. One thing I like about small dogs is that they are like perpetual puppies. THIS is not what I had in mind though. They aren’t going to “grow out” of not sleeping through the night.
I struggle with feeling tired throughout the day so I wanted to be more knowledgeable about how I am sleeping. The FitBit Force tracks the duration of my sleep and highlights the times I was restless or awake during that period. Folks, it hasn’t looked good.
So the question is, how do I improve my sleep? Maybe the simple answer is stop letting Chester and Gretel sleep with me. That ain’t gonna happen though.
First, THEY won’t let it happen. If I think my sleep in interrupted now, I would be in for a world of hurt if I tried to make them sleep in their crate. I’ve been down this road before. Chester howled and barked throughout the night and Gretel threw herself around in her plastic crate until it was busted open in the middle of the floor.
Second, I would not be in said happy place.
I would be lying if I said the thought didn’t cross my mind for a second but…drug them? I totally wouldn’t BUT it seemed like a reasonable option at 2 am when all I wanted was one solid night of sleep.
Drug myself? I do sometimes take Melatonin to help me sleep more soundly. I feel like I do wake up less when the dogs are doing their midnight shuffle but it can leave me groggy in the morning.
It appears the only solution is to just do nothing and like it. I am just wondering if you sleep with your dog and, if you had this issue, what helped you sleep through the night?