Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Importance of Sleep in a Mama's Life

Several nights in the past few weeks have found me getting to sleep for more than three hours...something that hasn't happened since Alex was born almost 7 years ago.  I have been a much better mama on the days following those I still have not slept THROUGH the night, but it has been much better.  For so long, I have been wondering why it seems like I can never get enough energy, instead relying on Pepsi to perk me up.  I have been wondering, too, why I seem to "snap" at my husband or children so quickly, but now I am convinced that the main reason is that I wasn't getting enough sleep. I know this isn't exactly new information to many of us.  We all know that we need to get enough sleep, but somehow we think it's really not THAT important.  We would rather clean the house once the kids go to bed or watch a movie...or eat chocolate (is that just me?).  But please try getting more sleep if you are feeling like I had been for so long.  You will be amazed at the difference it makes!


  1. I have 5 children one including a 20mo old and I never get enough sleep either. Between homeschooling, homekeeping, and such, theres so much to get done. I love your grocery shopping list and it was helpful too. On the nights when I do sleep its like a whole new momma and wife. If I could be her all the time.

  2. I agree! I figured out right after #2 was born that sleep (at least 6 hours total in a 24 hour period--not necessarily all at once) was essential. I was not getting nearly that and felt myself going off the deep end. I've tried to stick to that as much as possible unless there's a sick child or two. I find I get so much more done when I'm relatively rested. As much as I dislike a mountain of dirty dishes sitting overnight, I dislike mean mommy even more.