- a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
-a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performances of tasks.
All us moms know sleep deprivation. Babies take time to get into a sleep routine. Toddlers get sick and wake you up in the middle of the night. Moms of older kids run from one activity to another and if you are like me you are lucky if you can get in bed before midnight.
The past two weeks have been a huge adjustment for me. I was spoiled and used to waking up between 7-8am. My kids are 9,8, and 6 and quite independent. They mainly get themselves ready and can sometimes even be quiet when they wake up. Besides that they are good sleepers it is rare if someone wakes before 6:30am, and my youngest will sleep in until 8 or 9am if left alone.
My new nanny job requires me to be at work 6:45am. Luckily the drive only takes 10-15 minutes so I aim to leave the house at 6:25am and get up at 5:15am. Needless to say I have been seriously sleep deprived for two weeks now and that makes me one cranky mommy and wife.
I envy the people who can get 6 or 7 hours of sleep and feel refreshed. That is just not me. I can function on 8 hours of sleep but feel best after 9 or 10 hours of sleep. Crazy, I know but that is how my body works. My husband doesn't get it since he can function just fine on less sleep. I truly notice a difference in how I feel both physically and emotionally after getting enough sleep.
Here is my biggest problem, I cannot get to bed early enough to get 9 or 10 hours of sleep. 7:15pm is not a reasonable bedtime for a mom of 3, neither is 8:15pm. My goal is to be in bed by 8:30pm and be sleeping by 9pm. This becomes difficult when you factor in activities for 3 children every evening. Last night we had a class at church and didn't get home until 10pm.
I guess this explains my haze when I worked at the law firm and had to be out of the house at 6:15am each day. As a mom we have to make sacrifices. In order to minimize daycare costs and time away from my kids each evening I start work early. In a perfect world I could work 9am-2:30pm, get sleep and not be away from the kids too much. But our world is not perfect and you do what you need to do to get by.
Hopefully after a couple weeks I will adjust to my new routine and get better at managing my time. Until then thank the Lord for coffee to get me started each morning!