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I Have Clear Priorities Even In My Sleep

THINGS THAT WOKE ME UP LAST NIGHT:

1) My husband snoring at 12:17 am.

2) A mislabeled calendar reminder making my phone vibrate on the nightstand at 3:00 am instead of pm, which then kept me up another hour because I had to think about OMG THAT THING I HAVE TO DO AT 3:00 PM over and over again.

3) My dog puking at 6:12 am.

THINGS THAT DID NOT WAKE ME UP LAST NIGHT:

1) The 3.4 magnitude earthquake at 5:04 am. Was it fun?

Comments

Stacey

Oh, it woke me up. Thought I was going crazy but the radio confirmed my sanity. Then I couldn't get back to sleep. Bee happy you got the extra sleep time, you didn't miss much.
My friend is mad she missed it because she was driving at the time. I'd be happy I didn't run off the road.

Haley

See! It sucks to sleep through earthquakes! :) Everyone else has stories, and well, all you have to say is, "I slept though it (or in my case, another one)." Though I am glad that you finally slept through SOMETHING!

Haley

See! It sucks to sleep through earthquakes! :) Everyone else has stories, and well, all you have to say is, "I slept though it (or in my case, another one)." Though I am glad that you finally slept through SOMETHING!

Haley

Sorry for the double post! That's one of my pet peeves! sheesh...

DomesticatedGal

The phone vibrating next to you woke you up...but the entire Earth vibrating under you didn't? Someone needs some tech-free sleep...

Megan

It DEFINITELY woke me up!!!! You were right near the center of it, too! I honestly thought it was a helicopter hovering over my house. Because, ya know, that's WAAAAAAAY more plausible than an earthquake in these parts.

Missie

Even the Earth is protesting your lack of sleep...

Missie

Even the Earth is protesting your lack of sleep...

Mimi

Nothing makes me stabbier than cleaning up dog puke in the middle of the night. And like he ever pukes during daylight hours, right? I hope you get a good night's sleep soon, Amy!

Mimi

Nothing makes me stabbier than cleaning up dog puke in the middle of the night. And like he ever pukes during daylight hours, right? I hope you get a good night's sleep soon, Amy!

kris

hahaha...I love that it did not wake you. Woke me and I had just fallen back to sleep after my evil 5 year old kept getting up. Thankfully I went..huh what the hell was that..and fell back to sleep.

kari weber

I live in California. We eat earthquakes for breakfast. I have slept through bigger than a 3.4... in fact sometimes they don't even make the news unless they were a 4 or higher. But last night I pulled an Amalah and was up at 3 with no discernible reason... couldn't get back to sleep. In fact I was up thinking about how YOU couldn't sleep! Sheesh! Now your insomnia is rubbing off on ME... and I was the one that posted the other day that I was feeling left out for NOT having sleep problems!

Lori

We had a 5.something here (MI) during the day a few weeks ago. I was wide awake, and I missed it. No way would I have woken up for a 3.4.

Dona

The earthquake didn't wake me up either.

Emily

I have the day off today and was looking forward to a solid 8 last night. It never happens of course. Be it a hang up phone call, a cat fight outside the window or a car alarm. I swear it's a conspiracy. But an earthquake? In Maryland?! No, that one was not in the usual rotation of sleep-depriving evils. >cranky yawn<

Amy

It was rumbly. Cool, but you didn't miss much.

bad penguin

The earthquake woke me up! It was loud and our house shook, but it was more like someone slammed the front door really, really hard. Not at all like I imagined an earthquake would be like.

Rebecca

I slept through it, but my sister's boyfriend texted me about it this morning. We're about 25 miles east of there, so maybe it wasn't strong enough - but several of my coworkers who live in the District said it woke them up. Crazy!! (You were the second person that I thought of when I heard about it - I couldn't remember if your fear of volcanos extended to all earth-tantrum events. Glad you slept through it!)

Julie

Your night sounds like mine. I woke up like 20 different times, but finally for once, it wasn't because the cat was throwing up in the middle of the night.

Aleks

My first comment ever!
Hailing from Toronto, Canada.
We had a 5.5 just a few weeks ago. The centre of the quake was a 5 hour drive away but still felt it strong.
I was at work and it took my chair for a ride...with me in it. :) It was quite the experience.

Amalah

I'm actually kind of bummed that I missed it. We never get that kind of excitement around here! Oh well, I'll just be over here pouting and cleaning up dog puke with some paper towels or whatever.

Jennifer

I was awake, but my husband slept right through it. When he woke up I told him I either had a really strange pregnancy dream or we had an earthquake. It was strange.

Iinsey

As I lay awake from 2-5am this morning I thought, "I wonder if Amy's up right now too." If it is any comfort, you are definitely not alone in the crappy sleep dept.

Peyton

It woke me up! And I'm in Arlington. My husband and daughter slept right through it though. I knew what it was right away because I used to live in Berkeley, CA. Then I rolled over and went back to sleep. It was a baby quake.

eva

http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/are-sleeping-pills-addictive/?ref=health

Interesting article. I would be too scared to try any prescription sleeping pills, but it may have some useful information.

Emily

I was prepared to write it off as thunder or a plane taking off from Dulles (even though I know planes don't start taking off from Dulles until 6am) but I thought I must be CRAZY to assume it was an earthquake. But the bed did vibrate for a looooong time.

Sirena

Too funny! Our dog started running around the bedroom and my husband and I kind of half-wondered what that sound was, decided it was thunder, and slept for another hour. I'm kind of bummed I missed it too :-( It's like sleeping through the summer version of Snowmageddon!

Sirena

Also, in my defense, I'm from the Earthquake belt and technically a 3.4 is just a shimmy, really, a Polaroid shake :-)

Amy

I was up because I had just nursed my 5 week old back to sleep and I live very close to Dulles airport, so even though I sleepily mumbled to my husband that was an earthquake, I talked myself into thinking it was an extremely low-flying very large plane in an unusual flight path. I then had nightmares about saving my children in an earthquake the rest of the night and awoke only to find out I was not as delusional as I thought. I'd say that's not fun.

Jenna

Oh! My husband and I both totally woke up and said "Earthquake!" at the same time. But then, we talked ourselves out of it because HO NO, we're not living in California anymore, we're in Northern Virginia, there are no earthquakes here, SILLY PEOPLE.

So thanks for the link. We can rest easy knowing we are NOT crazy.

Katie

Oh hey, I thought of something that might help? I used to have a lot of trouble falling asleep because I couldn't get my brain turned off. So I started playing boring mind games with myself while lying there aimlessly. Like, Name 5 movies that start with each letter of the alphabet. Or 5 fruits, animals, etc. for each letter. The first couple times I got to the end of the alphabet and had to start over, but soon I was falling asleep earlier and earlier. It worked for me, maybe it will work for you :) I even branched out now to naming all 50 states and capitals and presidents. I might be a nerd, but a well rested one!

Katie

Oh hey, I thought of something that might help? I used to have a lot of trouble falling asleep because I couldn't get my brain turned off. So I started playing boring mind games with myself while lying there aimlessly. Like, Name 5 movies that start with each letter of the alphabet. Or 5 fruits, animals, etc. for each letter. The first couple times I got to the end of the alphabet and had to start over, but soon I was falling asleep earlier and earlier. It worked for me, maybe it will work for you :) I even branched out now to naming all 50 states and capitals and presidents. I might be a nerd, but a well rested one!

Katie

Oh hey, I thought of something that might help? I used to have a lot of trouble falling asleep because I couldn't get my brain turned off. So I started playing boring mind games with myself while lying there aimlessly. Like, Name 5 movies that start with each letter of the alphabet. Or 5 fruits, animals, etc. for each letter. The first couple times I got to the end of the alphabet and had to start over, but soon I was falling asleep earlier and earlier. It worked for me, maybe it will work for you :) I even branched out now to naming all 50 states and capitals and presidents. I might be a nerd, but a well rested one!

Bozoette

I don't know what it was like. I slept right through it! I was awake, however, just about the same times you were. Next time, call me!

Amanda

Def slept through the seismic event. My current sleep issues are sort of opposite yours. I can't fall asleep for the life of me, but once I am out... forget it. My husband had to wake me up last night to tell me the baby needed to nurse. And we co-sleep.

Leeann


I woke up although I had no idea what from but it was loud. I sat straight up, turned to my husband and shook him and said "WHAT WAS THAT?!" He slept through the earthquake AND my urgent questioning, the pissant.

Then I thought maybe my 8 year old son had fallen out of bed and thought about getting up to check. Instead, I went back to sleep. :-)

Susan

It woke up both me and my husband. We then had an argument because he said it was an earthquake and I said it was a helicopter (they fly by frequently and rattle our windows). I guess I'll concede on this one, but I'm usually right.

jodifur

It woke me up. I thought it was a big truck driving by the house. I woke up my husband and said "what was that?" As I was falling back asleep I thought, I wonder if that was an earthquake....no way! Apparently, md. does have earthquakes.

jodifur

It woke me up. I thought it was a big truck driving by the house. I woke up my husband and said "what was that?" As I was falling back asleep I thought, I wonder if that was an earthquake....no way! Apparently, md. does have earthquakes.

jodifur

Sorry for the double post. Typepad is being crazy wonky.

Heather

Yeah I woke up pretty well every hour. Not cool!

Sara R.

I was falling back asleep from a 4:30 baby feeding and I thought it was a train (we live about 5 miles from a track). I was beginning to wonder how a train passing 5 miles away could be so loud and make my house shake, but then I just fell back asleep.

I didn't used to think we had tornadoes in MD, then an F3 hit UMD while I was a junior there. I didn't used to think we had earthquakes either, now apparently we do. I'm waiting for a tsunami to hit us next.

Superfantastic

I was half-awake, I guess. I felt it, thought "Huh, an earthquake" and then went back to sleep. When I woke up, I was sure it had been a dream.

bec

I was awake, having been awakened by our 18 month old 3 times over the last hour. Just as I was drifting back to sleep... Earthquake!!! Except I couldn't figure out what it was. Truck? Helicopter? Something blowing up in our basement? Got up to investigate and couldn't get back to sleep. Interestingly 3 of my friends with kids under 2 were also awake because their kids had been awake just before. We think babies might also be able to predict earthquakes. No peeps from Ezra?

bec

I was awake, having been awakened by our 18 month old 3 times over the last hour. Just as I was drifting back to sleep... Earthquake!!! Except I couldn't figure out what it was. Truck? Helicopter? Something blowing up in our basement? Got up to investigate and couldn't get back to sleep. Interestingly 3 of my friends with kids under 2 were also awake because their kids had been awake just before. We think babies might also be able to predict earthquakes. No peeps from Ezra?

Stacy

I was half awake due to the fact that my husband hit snooze from 3 AM to 5 AM this morning. He finally got out of bed, went into the bathroom, and closed the door. It started then. The bed was shaking and the bathroom door was rattling in the frame. I thought, cool, earthquake. Then I went to sleep and forgot about it until I was getting ready this morning and heard something about it on the news. I did a happy dance because I actually was awake for it. That was seismic in and of itself as I am 7 months pregnant.

Stacy

Oh, and my husband had no idea that we had an earthquake until I told him when I was on my way to work.

Stacy

Oh, and my husband had no idea that we had an earthquake until I told him when I was on my way to work.

rachael

at least yours was dog puke. my 1 year old co-sleeper rolled over and ralphed all over me, 2:30 am. And then you know, i got to clean him up, clean the bed up, take a shower and then try to go back to sleep. AWESOME! :)

Momnivore

Nothing like the smell of dog vomit in the morning.

Momnivore

Nothing like the smell of dog vomit in the morning.

lanned

I have that husband snoring thing too. Is it something they all plan together like some kind of plot. Because I think they all share a brain and just pass it around.

lanned

I have that husband snoring thing too. Is it something they all plan together like some kind of plot. Because I think they all share a brain and just pass it around.

Sue

It woke us both up, my husband yelled "what was that?" I said "an earthquake", "that sounded like a car hitting our house!" "it's an earthquake", "did something explode?" "it's an earthquake." Not sure why I was positive it was an earthquake, I've never been in one before. We were around the corner from the epicenter - which was at my friend's house.

Stacy

The sound. The sound of your dog or cat retching. That'll get a person on thier feet! My husband is quite known for his "grab and swoop" where he lifts our 40lb. dog and holds his head over the toilet.... It's impressive and effective! But seriously, why do they never puke in the day? What's that about??

Stacy

The sound. The sound of your dog or cat retching. That'll get a person on thier feet! My husband is quite known for his "grab and swoop" where he lifts our 40lb. dog and holds his head over the toilet.... It's impressive and effective! But seriously, why do they never puke in the day? What's that about??

Kendra

I hate that. I have nights like that, where every random annoyance wakes me but I sleep through an enormous thunderstorm. Then when I complain that my husband was snoring all night, he doesn't believe me, because I didn't even hear the world falling apart outside our bedroom window.

I hope your sleep is improving. When I started a new antidepressant several years ago, I had months of early waking--5, then 4, then finally at 3 AM I was lying in the bathtub crying because I couldn't sleep. The dr gave me some "sleep aids" that made me feel like I'd been hit by a truck after taking only 1/2 of 1 pill. I finally switched medications and things improved. But my heart goes out to you; insomnia sucks.

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