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Sleep when you’re dead…
I recently ran across an article about sleep deprived moms and thought that it was something people should read. The term “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is something moms, especially new moms, take to heart. In the 27 Weirdly Hilarious Things Sleep-Deprived Moms Have Done you can see a comedic take on the subject, but once you read the kinds of things sleep-deprived moms do, maybe you’ll look at a mom (and dad) with a young baby that you know a little different.
The Struggle is Real for Sleep-Deprived Moms.
When you have a newborn or an “untrained sleeper” your days and nights are no longer two things, but turn into one long day that keeps going and going. I always picture the movie Fight Club in my head when I think of the way that the repetitive nature of this time in my life dragged on and on. I may or may not be guilty of the following:
2. “I was so tired I forgot our son’s name. I gestured to the monitor and asked my husband, ‘How’s what’s-his-face doing?’”
8. “I folded an entire basket of dirty laundry.”
21. “I made coffee without any coffee grinds. It wasn’t until the second sip that I realized I was just drinking hot water.”
If you don’t want to plead the fifth when it comes to these types of situations, try the following:
- Nap when the baby naps. People say it all the time, but really, if baby is sleeping, you should sleep! Housework will get done eventually but try to take a nap at least one time during your day to catch up on your sleep.
- Use technology to help your memory. There are some great apps out there to help with organizing feedings and diaperings. My biggest memory loss seemed to be remembering how long it’d been since baby had eaten. Write that crap down so you don’t feel out of control.
- Take it one day at a time. Whether it’s your first or your 19th, every baby is different, every situation is different and don’t try to look too far ahead or you’ll get overwhelmed.
- Relax. I’m not an essential oil sales person but from what I’ve seen Lavender Essential Oil can really help you.
Look No Further
Hopefully this article is as eye opening as it was for me. Sleep-deprivation in general is a real problem for most Americans, but moms have a little bit bigger issue trying to cure it.
Are you sleep deprived? What have you done to try to help yourself sleep?