I remember the lack of sleep all too well. After being exhausted from giving birth, I desperately wanted sleep and my newborn only slept for what felt like tiny snippets because she would wake up hungry. There were feedings all day and all night long. Everyone gave the advice to sleep when she slept but for some reason it was so hard to do. My body was tired but my mind was usually active… wondering if she was okay, when she would feed next, what chores needed to be done, why I was still in so much discomfort, etc.
When I did finally fall asleep it wasn’t long enough to really help. I had felt more exhausted than before… and that cycle continued to repeat itself until my little one got a little older and could sleep for longer periods of time. I know some parents who have been sleep deprived for years! Is that you?
Try some of my sleep tips on this website
I’m here to help you. I know just about everyone wants to give you advice on what to do or not do, but since you’re reading my blog I think you’re searching for some suggestions that just might help your situation so I’m honored and hope my site can indeed help.
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Also, check the menu bar for pages about getting your baby on a schedule and common problems.
Try to laugh about your sleep loss
In the meantime, if you’re not getting as much sleep as you’d like, try to accept it to some degree, take action on tips you’ve read on my site, and then try to laugh about it if you can. After all, laughing is much better than crying! I know I did some crazy stuff with my lack of sleep and I’m sure you did or still do as well.
Here are some of them:
- I got in my car on a couple of occasions in my slippers and didn’t realize until I was pulling out of the driveway.
- I pumped breast milk and left the bottle sitting on the counter right next to the fridge, but not in it… I was so close! That was a painful mistake.
- I poured water into my cereal instead of milk.
- I fell down the stairs while carrying my little one. Thank God neither of us were hurt (other than me having some black and blues), but that surely woke us both up. What a rush of emotions going from shock, to fear, to confused and embarrassed.
Do you want to share some crazy things you’ve done while sleep deprived due to parenthood? I’d love to hear them!
Not in a laughing mood and looking for inspiration instead?
If you’re ticked off at me right now for even suggesting that you laugh about the exhausted state that you’re in, you may benefit from some inspirational quotes. Times may be tough now, but they will get better.
Sleep deprivation and health issues
Being more forgetful can be funny but it also means that you’re more accident prone which could be dangerous (like my falling down the stairs incident). Some professions are inherently more dangerous than others, but it could mean trouble even getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or operating machinery. Try to take extra precaution if possible by having someone go with you or asking for help when needed.
Besides being more accident prone, you should be aware of sleep deprivation and health issues. Once a baby comes along, parental instincts kick in and it’s easy to put your babies priorities first. That’s good as long as you don’t forget about yourself and your needs.
Sleep deprivation can:
- reduce sex drive
- cause weight gain
- increase the risk of diabetes
- lead to heart disease
- prematurely age skin
- weaken your immune system
- cause depression
If you are ever concerned about how you’re feeling, consult your doctor and get regular checkups. They are there to help you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for support or help and remember, I am also here for you.
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