When I was a kid, I used to sleep from 7 PM to 7 AM. I have always needed a lot of sleep. When I was a toddler, Mom finally put a chair by my baby bed so I wouldn't kill myself trying to get into bed by myself. I have vague memories of getting into bed still wearing my shoes. What can I say? I knew I needed my sleep! (How many toddlers do that? See! I was the perfect child!)
I can also remember one time when Mom wasn't home. Dad put me into bed and forgot to turn out the light. I remember lying there and debating whether I should call for him to come back and turn it off or not. I knew if the light wasn't off, I wasn't going to be able to go to sleep. I also knew that Dads weren't as good as Moms at putting kids to bed. I bit my tongue (for once!) and managed to fall asleep with the light on.
Those were memories from the early years, probably from about age 2 to 3. As I grew older, the sleeping needs didn't decrease much. I routinely fell asleep after the noon recess in 1st grade. We each had our own rug where we were to rest while the teacher read a story. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of art. The teacher had just let me sleep.
By Junior High, I was the dud of slumber parties. Always the first one to crash, I was an easy target: tickling my nose with feathers and freezing my bra were routine. They also loved to try to get me to talk in my sleep. They didn't have to work at it very hard. The next morning they would be screaming with laughter about all their pranks. Glad to oblige. Think how boring their evening would have been without me!
Yes, I'm still very fond of my sleep. I need at least 8 hours a night. My Wii Fit happens to agree with me. A few weeks ago after one of those nights when the Mr. wasn't sleeping worth a darn, my Wii Fit age was 69!! (69!!) He's been sleeping great the last couple of nights and look:
Monday Memories at Planet M