So sleepy. ?

That sentence was here waiting for me. I do vaguely remember writing something.

I’d been thinking of writing a post on sleep deprivation and sat down to begin a couple of nights ago after the kids were in bed and the house straightened up. As is the case many a night, sitting down equaled falling asleep in the chair almost immediately. I woke with my fingers still on the keyboard. There was a long stream of something on my screen, but it was not a language. I shook the sleep off, deleted the gibberish and… fell asleep again. Doh!

I, awoke about an hour later, fingers still on the keyboard. This time, I admitted defeat and went to bed. Apparently, after saving my astounding sentence! ?

If you are looking for a nut shell definition, it covers my topic pretty well, huh? Sleep deprivation becomes all to common after we become parents. That is a certainty. Even after our newborn babe is sleeping through the night, there just never seem to be enough hours in the day to stay on top of things unless you eliminate a few spent somewhere else.

If you work, care for children, run a shuttle service for said children (If you don’t yet, you will be adding it as a priority to-do in a few years. Savor that family time at home in the evenings with your little one!), keep up with the house, and a myriad of other tasks… The only hope of maintaining any type of normalcy is to lengthen your day!

Welcome to the “how much sleep do I actually need to still be able to function” phase of life. ?

As a veteran, I feel qualified to give you a few pointers that may help you survive.

-You must remember, as far as housework is concerned, it is perfectly normal to just try to maintain the lived in look. I am sure I am not the only mom doing laundry or mopping a floor at midnight, but don’t let housework rule you. Perhaps it’s time to start enlisting the help of your family with an actual routine regarding chores. At our house, the phrase every little bit helps means you are never too little to help. …And I’m still up half the night!
-Naps are your friend. It’s tempting to check something off the perpetual list whenever possible, but if the opportunity arises, take a nap. Even a cat nap. It’s amazing how much 30 minutes – give or take – can help to refresh your body and mind. Wait a minute! Let’s put nap on the list and perpetually leave it there!
-Recognize the signs of pushing past your limits. Seriously. If you are catching yourself feeling more agitated than not, get to bed earlier. You could be saving someone bodily harm!
-I repeat: Recognize the signs of pushing past your limits. If you are not able to think clearly or have trouble concentrating, get to bed earlier.
-Know it won’t last forever. It won’t… unless you unleash your inner night owl. It can happen. If not, 15 or 20 years fly by so fast!
-Caffeine is a wonderful thing. My choice is coffee. They say orange juice is a natural way to get energized in the morning. I keep meaning to give it a try…

It is possible to survive the sleep deprivation phase of life. You will be just fine. Some days, it may not seem like it, but you will regain focus. Probably, about the same time your child smiles (or even glances) at you and your heart melts. You know the feeling, right?

By the way, if you are one of the rare parents that does manage a routine that includes 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis, I salute you! And, if you don’t mind, may I ask that you dream a little dream for me?