And if I knew of a twelve-step program that could help me, I would willingly seek out the next available meeting.
I'm addicted to sleep.
I'm not saying this to be funny, or to commiserate with other tired moms out there. I know all of us would love to take a nap, or are tired from being woken up during the night one too many times. But once I started thinking about my need for sleep like an addiction, it really fits.
To test my theory, I copied, pasted, and edited the ten warning signs of alcoholism:
Do you ever sleep after telling yourself you won't?
All the time. I always start the day with the best of intentions, telling myself I won't lay down to take a nap, but sooner or later I do.
Does your sleeping worry your family?
Do you ever forget what you did while you were sleeping?
Obviously not. Woohoo, another question I can say no to. That makes two! However I do almost always forget about everything I have planned when trying to get more sleep. And I do forget everything that I promise the kids or DH in order to be able to sleep for five more minutes.
There. I've answered every question. And I return to the original website to check out what my responses mean with a feeling of dread, and my fears are confirmed when I read, "If you answer even one of these questions with a 'yes,' you may be an alcoholic." Or, in my case, a sleep addict.
And just like a food addict who struggles because food is one of those things you can't live without, I can't go cold turkey to break my addiction to sleep. But sheer will power is not cutting it.
I don't know what to do about this. I thought when I got diagnosed with Narcolepsy so many years ago I would be able to stay awake and alert for longer periods of time, but it's just not happening. But I do know that admitting the problem is the first step in solving it, so that's what I'm doing:
I am Miss Mommy, and I am addicted to sleep.