The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
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:
- When Tired, Your Face Has a Harder Time Forming Happy Expressions
- When Tired, Your Voice Has Less Positive Affect
- 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. https://www.ahaparenting.com/Ages-stages/newborns/helping-your-baby-get-to-sleep