I am a light sleeper. It is a blessing when you know you will wake up easily to your little one's whimpers in the dead of the night. You don't have to fear being surprised by a would-be burglar. But most of the time it is a curse. No matter how tired I am, I'm just so easily disturbed.
Things that frequently wake/keep me up:
1. A fly dive-bombing me that got let in from the many times our back door opens and closes to let dogs in and out
2. My two dogs howling when the phone rings more than twice
3. My husband snoring
4. The sound of the TV too loud
5. The front door opening and closing
6. My husband's alarm
7. My husband's snooze alarm
8. Repeat. He often snoozes five or six times. Then I force him to get up or give up.
9. The annoying hum of my ceiling fan and the way the pull chain taps against the light cover
10. Bright light. I once got out of bed to tell my husband to turn off the porch light because it was too bright in the bedroom. He said, "It's the full moon, dear. I have no control over that."
See what I mean? It's brutal. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for the guy whose water heater exploded last year. He was asleep when it happened. The water heater shot through his roof and landed two blocks away, ripping apart his garage in the process. It literally shook walls, shattered windows, and knocked pictures off the walls of neighbors' houses up to two blocks away.
Now that is a wake-up call.