Perchance to Dream
Perchance? Fat chance. Sleep is not happening in my household.
The fantasy of a good night’s sleep is a distant memory as I consider keeping my eyelids open with toothpicks. Yea, it’s that bad.
On a recent work night, I had the honour of being woken up at 1:24am, 3:27am, 4:17am and 5:20am respectively. The last occurrence was the one where I threw in the proverbial towel, made myself a huge pot of coffee and jumped in a steaming shower with hopes that all of these remedies would stave off the impending sleep that was bound to get the better of me. Forty winks is not an option Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. But I digress.
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The journey through young childhood, specifically baby-dom which continues into toddlerhood are some of the most trying times of a parents’ life. In addition to the change to one’s lifestyle - the inability to be spontaneous, the addition of a huge responsibility and the financial pressure that accompanies progeny, there is the agonizing reality of living in a sleep-deprived trance for what seems to be an indeterminable sentence. Birth a pair of twins and you have the honour of doubling the fun!
What incited this brutal waking regime? An evolutionary imperative, otherwise known as “teething.” To be more specific, emerging back molars on toddlers are a nightmare!
But this post isn’t really about the teeth, is it? It’s really about coping with very little sleep and trying to function in a world that, during these times, seems to be passing you by.
Which brings me to the point of this post. So many of my fellow moms have told me that hands down, the sleep issue is the one that is the most difficult to deal with, the most divisive in terms of their relationships with their spouses, and the one that causes the most damage, not only physiologically, but emotionally as well. Think about the times where you have not slept enough. We can all recount instances of being overly-emotional, sometimes weepy, irritable, angry and otherwise, just due to the sheer lack of zzzz’s. Add children and a full-time job to the mix and you might go off the deep end. Okay, maybe not quite, but it is definitely hard.
Which brings me to my question this week:
How has the lack of sleep related to parenting affected you?
How do you cope/function on a less-than-ideal amount of sleep?
Looking forward to your comments