Sleep Deprived Parenting

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

I just spent an hour looking for a photo of an "exhausted mom" to accompany my post about sleep deprivation. Apparently, I was too tired to realize it would have been much easier to take a photo of myself. Click to read more. #parenting #humor #moms

Emotions are passed on from parent to child within seconds.  Not all sleep deprivation can be resolved.  For example, you may have a child with health challenges that prevents sleep.   In these situations you may need to get help from a partner, family member, friend or carer.  However, most of us can get enough sleep if we organize and discipline ourselves better.  When you have a large family it feels as though there is enough work to keep you going 24 hours every day and never sleep.  Sleep should be a top priority.  If you don’t look after yourself, you will not do a good job of looking after your child.  I have discovered that when you are determined to get enough sleep, but really want to achieve other things too, you can find a way.  For ideas look at ‘How to live on 24 hours’.

Following is a summary in bullet points of the article above:

  1. When Tired, Your Face Has a Harder Time Forming Happy Expressions
  2. When Tired, Your Voice Has Less Positive Affect
  3. When Tired, You Appear Sadder

I discovered Dr Laura Markham too late to be able to use her advice on sleep training.  If I could start again this is where I would look.  There are a lot of different opinions out there and it can be hard to know what is best to do.   I recommend reading this article.