Last night for the first time in months I got a good night’s sleep. The regular drill around here is that I go to bed sometime between 9:30 and 10:00pm, sometime in the middle of night Tally starts barking, either my wife or I will come downstairs to tend to her (Tally doesn’t climb stairs much anymore), and this may be repeated several times in the course of a night. Obviously, that’s not particularly conducive to restful slumber.
Under the best of circumstances it takes me a while to settle into sleep and I’m a very light sleeper. I usually startle awake at Tally’s first bark. If I come down and tend to her, sometimes I’m able to return to sleep immediately but other times I need to go through my entire end-of-day drill which may take an hour or more before I’m able to get to sleep again.
But last night for whatever reason Tally didn’t wake up and start barking, Kara didn’t demand to get up and be fed at 4:00am, and I was able to sleep right through from 9:30pm to 5:30am. I brought Smidge down with me to let her out to eliminate and feed her. Tally was still breathing which was good. I then pottied and fed the other dogs, one by one, and got some breakfast myself a little after 6:00am before walking the dogs.
You just don’t what a luxury a restful night’s sleep is.