Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Strange Sleep Habits Of My Kids

This morning, we had a discussion about sleep.  Mitchell was trying to tell us (in great detail) about the dream he had last night, while Ben constantly interrupted to point out flaws in the content: "That couldn't happen, Mitch!"  At one point in his story, he pointed out the fact that he had his eyes open during this dream, to which Ben really took exception to!  "Mitchell, you cannot dream or sleep with your eyes open!  You can dream that your eyes are open, but they actually aren't!"  Mitchell was not to be convinced and stood his ground: he had, indeed, kept his eyes open all night long, even though he was asleep and dreaming.  

This isn't the first time Mitchell has admitted this strange habit of sleeping with his eyes open.  He regularly tells me that he will lay down for bed and even sleep if he has to, but he is not going to close his eyes!  He makes that very clear.

Ben also claims an unusual sleeping habit: he doesn't sleep!  Quite often, he tells me that he was awake all night long.  When I ask him if he is tired then because of that he says, "No, I laid there quietly and rested, but didn't sleep."  Sometimes he claims to have looked out the window all night, sometimes he read throughout the night.  Sometimes he just played with his toys in bed until morning and was waiting for me, awake, when I came in to get him up for school.  

Both boys make their claims with a straight face, no tell-tale giggling, and an honest look about them.  I think they really believe it when they say it.  No biggie to me.  I don't really care how they sleep as long as they actually do sleep.

So one boy doesn't sleep at all, the other one sleeps, but keeps an eye or two open, so as not to miss what his sleepless brother is doing, I assume.  


  1. cute. I can just see both boys telling you thier stories... and both doing it so earnestly!

    sure do miss you guys!

  2. mitchell totally reminded me of you when he was telling us his dream. it began as his dream and i'm pretty sure he added some of his own embellishments as he went along, aunt nenni style.

  3. Grandma Kathy sayas, "Well,your boys come by "interesting sleep habits" honestly. Matt really did stay awake most of the night when he was a child. Once he figured out we weren't going to let him get up at 3 a.m., he'd read, play, or do exercises. He rarely slept more than 6 or 7 hours out of 24 from the time he was born, except during a growth spurt at about 12 years old. As a teen he told us sleeping was a waste of time. He had to much to do, to waste it sleeping. Hey, does he sleep more now that he has 3 little guys to wear him out?

  4. no, he still gets about 6 or 7 hours a day, i'd say, but that is a bit more appropriate now than when he was a little guy :)

    he still doesn't waste much time on sleep, but when he does sleep, he is DEAD asleep!



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