Sleep is a precious commodity around our house and one that, all too often, we just do without.
According to a BabyCenter.com Special Report, 3 out of 5 moms say sleep is the number one challenge in their family with 50 percent of parents getting less than six hours of sleep a night. I know I’m in that group!
A typical night at our house involves me going to bed at midnight because . . .well, I just have bad habits. My 5 year old has a nightmare every night and has to be comforted. My 6 year old’s asthma acts up at night so he’s typically up at least once. My 6 month old gets up to nurse 2-3 times a night and in between all those wakings I just can’t manage to get to sleep fast enough to get any meaningful sleep.
It’s a recipe for disaster.
Here are the top 5 Reasons why I Need to Get More Sleep:
Sometimes I forget how to spell my own name. Seriously. My memory and cognitive ability is directly related to how much sleep I get, which sadly isn’t much. My kids are starting to think they are smarter than I am.
I’m a better mom when I’m rested. It’s already established that playing is not second nature to me. I have to work at it. When I’m tired, it just doesn’t happen. Check that, when it does happen, I’m so grumpy my kids don’t even WANT to play with me.
It takes me twice as long to do things when I’m tired. As a general rule, I’m fairly efficient. I’m raising 4 kids, while working at home and homeschooling. I have to be on top of things. I can normally crank out a days worth of work in only a few hours when I’m on top of my game. When I’m tired, it can take me hours to stop Facebooking / shopping for things I don’t need / googling stupid cat videos and remember why I sat down at my desk in the first place.
Being sleep deprived is making me fat. I’m almost 6 months post-baby and am barely fitting into my pre-baby pants (and that’s only if I don’t mind having a serious muffin-top). I’m embarrassed to admit how little weight I’ve actually lost since my baby was born. The really frustrating thing is I know the solution is simple. I need to get more sleep. But that is so much easier said than done. I do more mindless eating when I’m tired and my metabolism suffers.
My health suffers when I don’t get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep doesn’t just make me tired. It makes me sick. I catch every single cold that comes around. A few weeks ago, I had the stomach flu for the first time in years because my immune system is down. On top of that I have a heart condition that acts up when I don’t get enough sleep.
It’s time for me to get serious about making sleep a priority. Who else is with me? Do you feel like you are getting enough sleep?