Mom Confessions: Sleep Deprivation Made Me …
If you ask any new or seasoned parent with young children what they miss most about life before children, they will likely respond with a one-word answer: sleep.
My husband and I like to joke about life as zombie parents, but in all seriousness, lack of sleep can cause depression, health issues, memory impairments, and much more. At 17 months old, my son still has nights where he wakes up 2-3 times. I often find myself drifting in and out of conversations, putting the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge, and forgetting important dates because I am so exhausted.
It turns out I'm not alone in my crazy, sleep-deprived antics. Here is what other moms have experienced from lack of sleep.
“With my girls, I went 12 months with only 2-4 hours per night (on average). That extreme sleep deprivation just made me cry — not a few tears, but hysterical, massive breakdowns.” – Rye, mom of twin girls and a boy
“I remember I was so tired one time (this is when I only had my oldest) that I got her up like I normally do. I think we were going to the store; probably to get baby food or something silly. I TOTALLY forgot to put a diaper on her. At the store, I was so tired that I didn't even realize she had peed all over me. It wasn't until a woman stopped me to tell me that I had pee all over myself that I realized that I put everything else on except for the diaper.
“By the time the woman stopped me, I had pretty much finished my grocery shopping, and it was a TON of urine. I have no idea how I didn't notice it. Thank God my daughter didn't poop!” – Caitlyn Smith, mom of two girls
“I was extremely emotional during those sleepless years. I remember being awake more than once in the middle of the night, thinking I was not going to be able to live another day if I didn't get some sleep. Bawling, crying in the night and asking myself what we were thinking, because clearly I was not made to be a mommy. Then the sun would come up, I'd get a shower, and life felt a little more manageable. I'd feel terrible for thinking those thoughts, but those were some very challenging nights. – Candice McDaniel, mom of two boys
“We have a tall cabinet next to our fridge that holds all sorts of things like keys, sunglasses, wallets, and shoes. If I don't get enough sleep or my coffee hasn't kicked in, inevitably, random items end up with a new home, such as in the fridge. Then, of course, it will be something I'll be looking for for at least an hour the next time I need it.” – Anna Herbet, mom of one baby girl
“Sleep deprivation makes me shop online!! Since I'm already awake and I have all of these amazing apps on my phone, I just browse to see what's new. Oftentimes, I don't recall pressing the purchase button. Hmm. Well that's what I tell my husband, and I'm sticking to it!” – Jeanelle Walker, mom of two
“Where do I begin? My entire website is based on not sleeping. I've made my daughter late to her own birthday party because I got the time wrong. I've missed countless things like ‘special days' at daycare. I've gained weight, lost weight, and been so emotional I've yelled at my kids for no reason. I've cried, cursed, and contemplated running away.” – Erica Vol, mom of two and owner/writer of No Sleep Til College
“I remember being so tired at work that it wasn't until late afternoon that I looked down and saw the pacifier that was between my boobs in my bra. All day. I thought it was just hair stuck there from cutting! Nope. Good ole pacifier. I guess I was too tired to even notice.” – Lindsey Hanna Shackelford, mom of two boys
“I went to work once wearing two different shoes — one black, one brown — and I didn't notice til I got out of the car at work and realized they were also two different heights!” – Rachel Borman, mom of three
“I once WENT OFF on a clueless 24-year-old who heard I was home with three kids under 4 and told me, ‘Oh you must have tons of time to blog, then!' I hadn't slept in months at that point, was completely overwhelmed, and [was] barely keeping it together. Poor girl got the brunt of it.” – Jeanne Stevenson, mom of three, Life of Cleveland
“I regularly forget to buy half of the ingredients for my dinners when I grocery shop. Or, like, I needed sugar and bought flour, twice. Or we needed Kleenex, and it didn't occur to me to double check if we had any. Now we have a surplus but are dangerously low on toilet paper. Lol. I also forget to put deodorant on so often I bought one to keep in my purse. It has been over a year since I slept longer than 3-4 hours at a stretch. This is a daily occurrence.” – Courtney Wallace
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