The summer before son #2 celebrated Halloween for the second time someone asked him what he wanted to dress up as. His answer: a laughing green monkey. I was sure he would forget by the time October rolled around.
I was wrong.
"Ummm... what's a laughing green monkey,"
This was greeted with a stupefied stare. And then very slowly, very clearly, and a little bit louder than usual he answered: "It's green. It's a monkey. It goes ha, ha, ha. Hee, hee, hee."
I did not get 8 hours of sleep last night. I would like to try for that tonight. It's hard because I am fond of staying up late and doing my crafty things. Knitting and watching Netflix. Until I can't keep my eyes open. However, experience has taught me that I can't continue this, particularly not when I am trying to bounce back from a more depressed period.
The sleep thing is a mess. Not being able to sleep or sleeping too much is a sign of depression. Not being able to sleep or sleeping too much can worsen the signs of depression. Not being able to sleep or sleeping to much can be a side effect of the medications used to combat depression. It renders the whole sleep equation too complicated to factor.
I think I should just try for that 8 hour thing if I can.
P.S. I found some good resources for depression from the Mental Health Association on Minnesota. They have an anonymous online screener and a score of other tools and recommendations.
Quaker, teacher, parent,