Do you hate 4am? Why do babies often refuse to go back to sleep at 4am?
Do you regularly Google ‘can you die from lack of sleep?’ ‘Why the hell is my baby still awake?’ or ‘why won’t my baby stay asleep?’
Then you may be in need of some ‘sleep thief’ victim support.
Having a baby that will NOT go to sleep or stay asleep (a sleep thief) is hard work. They don’t sleep, so you don’t sleep and before you know it, your house is a mess, you look a mess and your mind is fast-becoming a mess…
Sleep-deprivation is tough. It can lead to depression, anxiety, ill-health and not to mention – massive piles of dirty laundry. Then there is the overwhelming sense of loneliness and constantly worrying that you are not being the best parent you can be (which is not true – if you are dressed and have not broken the baby after being up all night, you are doing ok).
But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of my new website. When I say ‘help’, I mean stuff that might make you feel a bit better and a little less alone. Because I assure you – you are not. Sleep Thievery is rife. The slumber-stealers are everywhere. Crashing dreams across the nation, torturing us during the twilight hours, then smiling about it in the morning. But you CAN survive.
If you are looking for a baby sleep solution, parenting advice or pretty much anything useful at all, then definitely do not visit Surviving a Sleep Thief.
However, if you would like proof that there is light at the end of the tiring tunnel of sleepless nights then you may want to read Sleep Thief Survivors – a series of stories by former exhausted parents who have achieved success against the odds. They will inspire even the most tired of mums and dads to take over the world (or at least make it to the supermarket).
I have also put together some Sleep Thief Victim Support resources that I have found to be useful during my years of stolen sleep.
So come along, have a read (if you are not too tired) and me know what you think!
Feel free to share your stories in the comments section on the site, help your fellow tired victims by adding your tips here or even join us for a chat on Facebook or Twitter. Misery loves company after all…