SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAUSED BY CHILDREN KILLS BRAIN CELLS
Currently, my baby is waking at 4am almost every single day. This is annoying. Even more annoying is the fact he is back asleep by around 5.30am. I slump back into bed for an hour or so, unless the toddler wants to get up. That is also annoying, but not his fault. Archie (The baby) has never slept particularly well. Which came as a shock, as we thought the oldest wasn't a good sleeper!
Please tell me I'm not the only parent that sits there in the dark, trying to rock the baby back to sleep, silently praying "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GO BACK TO SLEEP!" It doesn't mean you love your child any less - it just means you're really really tired. And boy, am I tired. I can't remember a time I wasn't tired. I'm not looking for sympathy, I mean, every parent goes through it to some degree (except the smug ones who say "Oh, my baby has slept 7-7 since he was 2 weeks old". Pah). I just hate it.
The main reason I hate it is that it really affects my mood. I've had depression on and off most of my adult life, and have been affected by PND with both of my children. If you think about yourself, and how grumpy and snappy you are if you don't get a good night's sleep - times that by about a hundred and that's me on a bad day (after a bad night).
If I had a pound for every time I hear "It WILL get better", I'd certainly never need to work again. And I know its true but when you have mental health problems, you tend to live in, and focus on, the now, So if you have a friend who is having problems, don't wheel out that old line. Sympathize, offer them a cuppa and make them laugh. That will go a long way.
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