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The Friday Rant Club – sleep inequality sucks!

Is there anything that is quite as divisive within a relationship as the fact (or perception?) that one parenting partner is getting more sleep than the other?


From comparisons of the length of lie ins to the trade off between getting up early with the monsters for a decent afternoon nap, sleep is the one key bone of contention.


We’re on holiday (in case you haven’t noticed) and any holiday without a break from it all isn’t really a break.


I came into this holiday shattered – mentally, physically and emotionally.  I needed a break and a rest.


When getting time off and time to sleep goes tit for tat, like for like, turn and turn about it is fine – everyone gets a rest, everyone feels fine.


When one half of the partnership seems to be getting more than their share everything does not feel fine and one half starts to get really narked.


I’m  talking about being woken up at 7.15 on my agreed morning off when Mr just happens to fail to stop the girls come charging in to wake me up.  I’m talking about being up in the night with Bigger and the cough she had in her mouth and still being up at 6.30.  I’m talking about letting someone have a lie in until 10am because of possible wine fever (or sunstroke, either way self inflicted) and then insisting that I had to have a snooze in the afternoon, only to then have to be up an hour later when one woke up because someone had headed off downstairs to play, sorry mend, the model trainset and couldn’t hear anything.


I am so tired.  I’m not feeling well.  I’m being hassled by work and on top of it all I am not getting my share of sleep.


And what makes it even worse is that someone seems blissfully unaware that they are taking the proverbial and not doing their share.


This is so incredibly not on.


Sleep inequality sucks!



The Friday Rant Club is a chance to get those niggles, those irritants, those things that make you want to throw a toddler-stylee tantrum off your chest before the weekend.

Go on, let it all out and if you feel like it there’s a rather nice little button over there on the right to show you that you like a bit of a rant

I’m looking for some guest ranters – if you’d like to get something off your chest send me an email or mention it to me on Twitter.  Any subject, just has to be something that has really got your goat.


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4 comments to The Friday Rant Club – sleep inequality sucks!

  • I’m sorry for leaving hundreds of posts on your blog but the topics are all VERY familiar!

    My hubby works away Mon-Fri and I am home on my own with our daughter who breastfeeds and co-sleeps…I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that this means my sleep has been continuously broken for a year and a half! It cracks me up when hubby then asks for a lie-in cos HE’S tired from the working week!


    Brilliant rant.

    • Its great – working away all week is horribly hard, when Mr does that and I’m single parenting its really hard, it really underlines that you need a break at the weekends, and parenting is a full time job, I work far harder at home than in the office in some ways and yes I do need a break

      Not getting that break can be really tough

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