Are you tired? While it’s new mums who suffer most from sleep deprivation, getting less than you need at any life stage isn’t good. Starting the day tired and depleted makes it so much harder to deal with whatever comes up.
Sleep is essential for health, and yet is so easily neglected because someone else needs us to do with less. New mums with restless babies get the worst of it, especially if they try to go back to work, and keep the house in order. There aren’t enough hours in the day, and sleep is the thing we sacrifice.
I’ve watched female friends with high powered jobs, work ever longer hours, more tired by the day and not daring to stop.
The thing is, if we are tired, we are less effective, less able, less efficient. Rested and well, we can get the job done. But how do you take the time out to rest and recharge the batteries when you know that everything will just pile up while you aren’t attending to it, so you have to run twice as hard to catch up?
Demand that everyone does their fair share.
Everyone gets enough time to sleep.
Remember, under international law, depriving a person of sleep is a form of torture. Don’t do that to yourself, and do not let others put you in positions where you feel you should tolerate it. Sleep is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. It’s not a luxury. Sleep heals and refreshes. We need it. Typically, women need about an hour more than men.
If you are struggling, then making sure you get enough sleep is a good way of helping yourself. Don’t turn to drugs or alcohol if you can help it. Demand a quiet, comfortable space, and enough time. It is your right.
I know these things, because I learned them the hard way. Having a good, quiet place to sleep has radically improved my quality of life. I experience less pain, less depression, I am getting more work done, I feel better in myself. Sleep is essential.