February 9, 2011

WINE VS. SLEEP

As someone dedicated to hypochondria and overall "shpilkes," I'm pretty hardcore when it comes to popping pills. That is, I DON'T like to take medicine of any kind unless I have to. I have this irrational fear about mixing medication with just about anything: wine, coffee, Pink Berry... No joke, I have called a doctor before to ask if it was okay to take Advil with Diet Coke. (What if just one time, my body couldn't handle the ibuprofen, caffeine and NutraSweet combination, and POOF, I die?! This is a valid concern!)

I think one of the scariest things about being a single mom is feeling like you can't get sick-- you always have to be in control and the one in charge. So, I especially get nervous when I get sick (or have an itchy leg... ) and need to take something that could potentially, though probably not, make me drowsy when I'm alone with Jonah. God forbid he wakes up at night (which he almost always does lately), and I'm in a Tums induced coma?!

Anyway, herein lies the issue: I have not been sleeping well at all. I'm exhausted. I need a GOOD, solid night of sleep. I ALSO, really need to relax and reconnect with friends and would absolutely benefit from a lovely glass of Pinot Noir or two. Jonah will be sleeping at his dad's.

It's one thing to mix a Motrin with orange juice, it's another to pop a Lunesta with chardonnay. Uh, uh. No, NO.

So the question is: What do I need more? Wine or sleep? What do YOU need more of? Has there ever been a time when you've mixed? I'm even more curious about this: Have you ever OR would you ever take a sleeping pill to help you sleep when children are present (sleeping)?

One thing is for sure on my end: unless there was another coherent adult present (and even then, I would be nervous about doing this), I don't think I could take a medication that might potentially keep me from having to pick up J's Pillow Pet off the floor 3:45 am or any other mothering matter. In fact, I'm pretty sure on the Ambien warning label it says: Do not mix with goldfish, toothbrush battles, preschool drop off, or dirty lunchboxes...

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Now THAT is a win win situation. (And, a night that neither pills nor wine will be necessary to induce sleep!)

6 comments:

Vanessa said...

With everything that you do I would take sleep over wine.
Besides you wouldn't be 100% there for your friends if you were yawning into your Chardonnay.

Holmes said...

I'm a single mom too and have the same fear..except I have no problem taking meds with my diet pepsi! lol Normally if I take anything that MAY make me drowsy I put my little one in bed with me. That way if he does wake up, he can smack me and wake me from my coma. If you need to relax, have a glass of wine and go to bed as soon as Jonah passes out! You deserve it and its ok!

Truthful Mommy said...

I would take sleep. Now,I am not a single mother but I DO single mother 5 of the 7 days a week ( the Big Guy works/lives out of town).That being said, I LIVE for Friday nights because that is the night, I give all wiping asses in the middle of the night, picking up rogue loveys, searching for missing socks duties over to Daddy and I take my Ambien and join #wineparty ( I don't actually drink on Ambien but if you fight the sleep and stay awake...it is very much like being drunk on wine..just check out some of my after 10 pm #wineparty tweets as proof:) If you have a Grandma or an adult that you can trust your little guy with while you sleep...I'd highly recommend an Ambien. I generally have insomnia ( stress and all that ) but Ambien puts me right to sleep but you have to make sure that you get that recommended 8+ hours of sleep or you will be dragging ass the following day. That I promise. As for the Ambien and Goldfish having a bad reaction, I think that is about about as dangerous as pop-rocks and diet coke:) I try to steer clear of those damn dangerous Goldfish. Get some sleep girl!You need it to stay your 31 flavors of awesome.Happy Mothering, my friend!

Jennifer Brandt said...

@Vanessa. So true. No one likes a yawning friend (I say this rubbing my eyes).
@Holmes. Love the idea about putting him in bed. So funny
@TruthfulMommy - your comments always make me smile. 31 flavors of awesome. love you!

Hope you all get some good rest (or good wine) tonight!
xo

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Jennifer Brandt said...

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