Tearfulness, anxiety, loss of or increased appetite, exhaustion, lack of motivation and irritability are all symptoms of sleep-deprivation.
They are also symptoms of depression.
This coupled with the fact that depression can lead to exhaustion and exhaustion can make you feel low is why so many cases of postnatal depression go undiagnosed.
The mother often believes she is just totally and utterly shattered and that she’d be fine if she could JUST GET SOME BLOODY SLEEP!
Have you forgotten what it is like to sleep for an entire night?
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?’
After almost three years of very little sleep I have gone beyond tired.
In fact, some days I don’t even feel sleepy any more.
think I am ok.
“I feel fine,” I smile to myself sipping on my super strong coffee. “Today I am going to
Get Stuff Done.”
And it is on these days I decide to
leave the house.
WHEN you have a baby who will not go to sleep or stay asleep, there are some mornings you really do NOT want to get out of bed…
You know the mornings I mean.
The baby has kept you up
all night and yet still wakes you up ridiculously early.
What a bloody cheek.
After reading advice for sleep-deprived parents on the entire internet, (including Ten Ways To Tell You Are Sleep Deprived – duh, I am not getting any sleep?!) it seems that all I need to do to feel better is to eat nuts, do yoga and sleep when the baby sleeps.
Well, I have no time (or energy) for yoga, my baby doesn’t sleep and the only nuts I consume are in a Snickers bar – so I came up with my own list…