I for one have never really paid much attention to sleeping, loved it, need it, done. No analyzing needed on this one, since becoming a mother though, I have come to realize just how vital it all really is, and how complicated it is.
My husband and I always talk about “the sleep window” – this window is that sweet spot where our baby girl is tired enough to go to bed, but not too tired or overtired, we often miss it as you can imagine, so this window is so important to narrow down, for everyone’s sake.
I have since realized that I have a similar “window” for sleep; I get into bed, and if I do not start overthinking on the silliest things, I can go to sleep quite easily, if this does not happen, and I start thinking, it is as if I am not tired all of a sudden. This made me think, it is exactly what happens to my baby, she is tired, gets overstimulated by the smallest thing, and boom; she is alert again (still tired though, and then we go to the dark side – over tiredness).
So now, not only are we vigilantly watching our baby for her “sleep window”, I am now also aware of my own “sleep window” ha ha (as if I did not have enough to do).
For us, the biggest struggle with our baby has been sleep, our household is ruled by nap time and awake time and windows of all sorts, how life has changed since we became parents, I used to sleep in on weekends until about 10 AM, now I am up at 5 AM and by 10 AM i have done so many things, that I could almost fit a whole day in to those 5 hours.
Late nights for me is just not an option; on the one hand, going out and having fun is amazing and sometimes just what you need , but on the other hand, you hate yourself for doing it at 5 am the next morning, so for me, this is just not worth it at this time. I do believe that once our baby can go stay at grandma’s house for the night , this will definitely change !
Sleep is vital not only to our sanity but to our overall well-being, it is what gives us the energy to tackle the next day, and any situation we might face, we do not always realize just how important sleep is to our health, so many studies out there have proven that it helps with metabolism, skin, mental health, and so much more, yet we seem to brush it off because we have too much to do.
So there you go ladies, go have your nap, its vital to your health!