Braaaaaaaains! (or, How Did You Survive Sleep Deprivation?)
Let’s face it: Uninterrupted sleep is a luxury that most new parents don’t get. At least, that’s what I always heard. I never thought much of it while my wife was pregnant. I always assumed this truth statement and moved on with life, not comprehending what was to come.
After all, I survived college! For example, when I was the managing editor of my college’s student newspaper, there were production nights that lasted 30+ hours. Sure, I was delirious and there not a few times when I started losing it and/or hallucinating. During one famous "episode" brought on by sleepless hysteria and stress, I took a black magic marker and labeled everything in my office. Including the walls. Seriously.
But, the one thing that always followed said production night-mare was a long coma-like stretch of sweet, sweet, delicious sleep. After I woke up (occasionally at 5-6 p.m.), all was well with the world. Suffice it to say, that ain’t an option anymore. Not only is it hard for me to sleep past 8 a.m. nowadays, I do have a few more responsibilities. That, and I think my job security at America’s Leading Magazine for Parents would be in severe jeopardy.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my daughter. She is the CUTEST BABY EVAR. I love when she coos and smiles and does cute things with the little hanging toys on her bouncer. I even love calming her down when she’s being a bit cranky. But…not having a large chunk of uninterrupted sleep is killing my wife and I. By three o’clock in the afternoon…I’m done for. I long for one of those gourmet sleep sessions that’s available up the road a bit.
So, I ask you gals and guys: How did you survive these first few months, and what advice can you offer a sleep-deprived dad who feels as if he should be an extra for Night of the Living Dead?Add a Comment