Those fo you with pets know that sound they make when they're about to vomit. It's disgusting and more than enough to bring you out of a light sleep, especially if you only went down about an hour before. Then you have to get up and clean in the early hours of the morning and after that going back to sleep is more of a dream than what you were having before you woke up.
Here's the thing, I wasn't even up late doing work. Ever have one of those days where your thoughts keep you awake? Lessons didn't go well, kids aren't learning what they need to know, you're angry. I should have tried to be productive but both before and after my dog incident, I was so angry at not being asleep it was my sole focus.
Teachers stroll into work across the city every day falling down from lack of sleep. Stop it. There's no reward for your suffering and it's not better for the kids to have a half dead teacher with an awesome worksheet nodding off at their desk or so hopped up on coffee that they're reacting violently to tiny sounds nobody else hears. Take care of you so you can take care of the kids. If you're pulling all nighters every day of the week, something is wrong. If you disagree, come on the show and we can debate it out.
That goes double the hungover teachers out there. The kids know and so do your coworkers.
Dallas education can't thrive without rested and ready educators. If sleep is important for our students, it's important for you too.