My Brain Won’t Let Me Sleep


I’m a huge fan of sleep. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. You know, after my husband, daughters, Doctor Who (I’m loving Capaldi’s outfit), rainbow sprinkles, and crispy bacon. But some nights I can’t go to sleep. Actually, it’s more like my brain won’t LET me sleep. That’s right. It keeps talking. [...]

On Husbands and Alarm Clocks


So, what is it with husbands and alarm clocks? Specifically, husbands incessantly slapping the snooze button on said alarm clock? At least one of my friends has a husband who suffers from this same affliction (I know your dirty secret, Kev). Yes, I realize ladies are just as capable of this horrific habit. But I’m [...]

In Sickness and In Snores


Dear Aiming Low Readers (and fellow Writers), You are known worldwide as the internet wizards of dispensing advice. I am at a fork in the road of my life, and need your help. I’ve tried mind-mapping all possible solutions to my dilemma, and then while awake last night at 3 a.m., I realized the most [...]

Surprise! I’m a Morning Person!


I am a morning person. My husband isn’t. We have two kids; one is a morning person and the other isn’t. Same with the dogs. One is, one isn’t. RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE! What are the odds? (Uh. The odds are fifty-fifty.) Anyways, my younger son and I are this type: Open peepers, hop IMMEDIATELY [...]

How Much Sleep Do Teenagers Need? Wake Up and Smell the Studies

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Good morning, sleepy head. What did you get, about 9, 10 hours of sleep last night? You are a beautiful growing gal and of course more sleep just makes you more fabulous. For years popular science has given your age demographic the all-mighty sleep nod and proclaimed that teenagers need about 9 1/4 hours of [...]

That One Time Ambien Almost Got Me Into a Three-Way


Do you suffer from a lack of restful sleep? Are you a parent? Are you an adult with responsibilities? If you are, you have probably experienced bouts of insomnia. It’s either trouble falling asleep–due to the ever-growing list that lights up your wall as you try to turn off your brain at night–or trouble staying [...]

I’m Going To Hold A Nap-In. Are You With Me?

We need some continent-wide nap campaign. We need signs and parades and sit-ins and protests. No. We need NAP-INS during which we all go to our state and provincial capitals with our blankies and little nap pillows, lie down on their lawns, and nap away an hour every afternoon until our places of work succumb to our nap pressure. Am I talking about the institutionalization of napping? Yes, I am.

Sleep, Insomnia, And How I’m Not Getting Any

If you have ever had or presently deal with insomnia, how do you handle it? What do you think causes it, and how do you get yourself back into a regular sleep cycle?

Spoiling Myself in All the Wrong Ways

Five Simple Things I Should Be Doing to Take Care of Myself That I Definitely Cannot Bring Myself to Do for Some Reason Take Vitamins I am basically made of macaroni and cheese, stir fry, and chocolate pudding. Every once in a while I remember that I’m not getting any actual nutritional content and buy [...]


Is this how it's gonna be?

Is it possible to overcome seemingly insurmountable setbacks in sleep-training your kids?

Beta Dad Nominates Himself Parent Of The Year!

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Beta Dad thinks he deserves a prize for controlling his childish anger toward a kid who won’t let him sleep.