10 Things Sleep Deprivation has Taught me

Home / 10 Things Sleep Deprivation has Taught me - February 26, 2017 , by yvettelamb

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So there’s apparently always something to gain from experience,even in the hellish midst of barely any sleep with zero hope of a long and blissful stint of unconsciousness. Most nights I see every hour with my baby and most days I am exhausted.  But even when all hope is lost,  I have realised there’s still a lesson or ten in these trying times, with good ‘ole sleep deprivation kindly teaching me:

1 – To lower my expectations… and then lower them some more. To the point where I consider a two hour stretch of unbroken sleep pretty decent

2 – That sometimes the only thing allowing me to parent safely is a hot cup of tea and the gritty determination to reach the bottom of it

3 – That I have rage issues, triggered each time my husband snores contentedly while I am awake, fighting the urge to poke him with pins

4 – That even the simplest of tasks present unforeseen obstacles when tired, so I can therefore no longer be trusted to grill fish fingers or programme the microwave

5 – That although I sometimes feel like a shadow of my former self, my body is pretty damn awesome for being able to comfort and soothe my baby again… and again… and again…

6 – That ‘Knackered mouth condition’ is a recognised side effect of prolonged sleep loss, causing sufferers to spout total crap, be unable to answer a simple question, and to call people the incorrect name 85% of the time

7 – It is also almost entirely to blame for a daily bout of ‘I have no idea what I walked into this room for syndrome’

8 – That forgetting to pay a bill, reply to a text message or shut the car door behind me is now bog standard behaviour

9 – That excessive carb and sugar consumption must actively be encouraged in lieu of a good night’s rest

10 – That powering through day after day following night after night of little sleep makes us properly badass. With mommas like us – burnt dinners, vacant expressions, and amnesia bouts accepted – our kids are pretty lucky and we are pretty awesome.


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8 thoughts on “10 Things Sleep Deprivation has Taught me”

  1. Haha! Knackered mouth condition. I totally have this! I find I can’t use words until I’ve had my first cup of tea and then that only lasts until about 10am!! #littleleaps

  2. Reading this has made my day, especially as I’ve just heated up the same cup of coffee, that I’ve been trying to drink all morning – for the fourth time!

  3. Ann says:

    It will get better soon – surely? APx

  4. Ann says:

    It will get better soon – surely! APx

  5. Tara says:

    Just what I needed to read today, after another win for #teamnosleep last night (and every night). The next person to say “she won’t be like this when she’s 15” I will hurt though 🙂

  6. Nicola says:

    I hope the sleepless nights ease for you soon. We are in the middle of a regression so I can totally relate to this post!


  7. Yes, yes, yes, especially 1, 2 and 9. We class a lie-in now as 7am. This too shall pass x #littleleaps

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