Enter the Sandman? I'd rather read a book

Enter the Sandman? I'd rather read a book

Sleep. Who needs it?

When asked "How are you doing?" on any given occasion, the adjective "TIRED" is most likely the one that sputters past my lips. I only have myself to blame. I could be sleeping now. I should be sleeping now.

"I'll sleep when I'm dead" is my own personal mantra.

Here's the thing—and I'm not dogging men, but I think it's more likely the inner dialogue that takes place with a woman and her to-do list—I just don't have time for it.

It's not a martyr thing. Well, maybe a little. But even still, I know that if I don't do something, it's probably not going to get done.

Laundry? Me.

Grocery shopping? Me.

Bathroom cleaned? Me.

Binge watching craptastic television instead of finishing up an article on deadline? Me.

I think women, and in particular, mothers, and even more in particular, mothers that also have an additional work role above and beyond the round-the-clock job as Mommy, can sometimes bite off more than they can chew. But, because most of the women my age were raised in the age of Gloria Steinem and Claire Huxtable, we'd sooner be sleep deprived than admit we can't do it all.

So sleep goes by the wayside.

And for someone like me, that loves to read as much as I love to breathe, the only time I really get to read is late at night.

Those wee hours when the kids are in bed and the husband has nodded off is the truest form of "me" time I get, and in those moments I tend to love a book more than a pillow. In fact, pretty much the only time sleep wins is when my health is perilously close to taking a nosedive. Or if I've been drugged.

I love the quiet turn of a page. I love the dim light that's bad for my eyes. I love the low flicker from the TV when the Cubs are on a West Coast swing. It's being able to finally have the time to devote full attention to a favorite character and not the clock.

So yes, I'll give up sleep. Much needed sleep. Because my dreams are more often between the pages than between the sheets.

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