My dad has a host of sleeping troubles. Aside from the fact that he suffers from chronic pain, he is a naturally light sleeper. Also. He suffers from Narcolepsy (I'm about to talk about the symptoms, so if you want to follow the link, it might be easier to follow along). The things, specifically, that plague him are sleep paralysis and excessive daytime sleepiness.
His mom (my grandmother) suffers from Narcolepsy (she has some sort of speed prescribed to her as a treatment option). I think that at least three, if not all four of his sisters suffer from some level of the disorder.
While I'm loathe to draw any comparisons between myself and any Rob Schneider movie, I will say that I have a tendency to maybe fall asleep if I'm bored or understimulated at all, and it's maybe possible that I HAVE to take NoDoz in order to drive on long trips, because I'm afraid that if I don't I'll fall asleep at the wheel and die. And I promise you I'll fall asleep in class. That is a fact. And sleep paralysis? It's the most horrible feeling in the world. The first time it happened, I was in 18 years old, in Spain. I had taken a siesta, and I woke up, only...I couldn't move my body. I couldn't open my eyes, I couldn't scream. I could hear my roommate in bed next to me, on the phone. I was vividly, acutely, awake and conscious and aware of my surroundings. And I couldn't...I just couldn't do anything. I thought I'd had a stroke, or that I was dying, or Jesus was I dead? It was awful. Then, just like that, it was over. Now that I know what it is, it's less alarming, but when it happens (generally in times of high stress), it's never pleasant. Oh, and another listed symptom? Hallucinations. Here's the thing about that. I don't have I'm-awake-and-I-see-little-monsters hallucinations, but on the border between being asleep and being awake, my dream will sometimes sort of, come with me when I wake up. I'll wake up completely still in my dream setting. It's hard to explain, but Paris shared a room with me for 3 years, and she can tell you that sometimes I said some really weird shit.
Laura and Duncan (my two adult siblings) both suffer some range of symptoms as well.
THIS SHIT IS OBVIOUSLY HEREDITARY
That was all foreshadowing.
Gabriel is a crappy sleeper. Sometimes he just wakes up screaming, for no reason. Sometimes he wakes up babbling nonsense, angry with me for not understanding what he's saying. Well. Last night he woke up in tears, babbling about me not giving him a rocket ship and could he please just have it, and I realized something important. The kid's asleep. And I should be a WAY more understanding mother, considering. So I actually got out of bed and held him and helped him wake up and fall back asleep. And he was fine for the rest of the night.
Just like that.