I havent completely lost my mind yet this time- I survive on a couple hrs here and there. I am worried about long term since I really need a lot of sleep to function. How are you all doing- and what are your 'tricks" for coping? Mine are COFFEE - but only in the am- decaf and hot choc in afternoon (hoping for placebo effect!), eating constantly, sucking mints/chewing gum (when Ive been able to get into a store!!), trying to lie down an hour a day when possible - and trying to get out for a walk every day. And reminding myself this is only temporary....AND going on MDDC for emotional support :)
how do you cope with sleep deprivation?
I drink coffee in the afternoons and even in the evening when DH has school. There was one evening DH was at school and I literally thought I was going to fall asleep on the couch. I sleep in as much as I can, but on DH's early days it isn't possible to sleep in, so if DS1 wakes up, I have to get up, too. DH ALWAYS lets me sleep in on the weekend. Also, if both boys are napping at the same time, I try to nap with them. The baby is a pretty good sleeper at night. I have a co-sleeper next to the bed, so he sleeps in that sometimes and in bed with us sometimes, and I don't have to fully wake to nurse him. That helps. I know they go through different phases with sleep, though. I remember when DS1 had a period where he woke for HOURS every night and wailed the entire time. That was rough. But then I could nap with him because he was my only child at the time. I'm hoping DS2 doesn't go through something similar.
LOL I have to remind myself that a lot of things are only temporary these days.
It's weird to think back on the first days, when I tried to nurse without doing any other activity and DH would read to me or my head would start drooping sitting up. Now I'm always watching netflix and/or playing solitaire to stay awake. I don't have the concentration power to read a book and nurse at the same time. I know that I'm completely sleep deprived, but somehow I guess I've adjusted, because I used to be someone who COULD NOT function without 8 hours of sleep. I'm really scared for when I have to go back to work, because after even one 6-hour night I would have a hard time being patient with my students. My hardest time right now is late evening/early night. DH will usually take her then and I'll get 2-4 hours of sleep before I take the night shift, otherwise I'm really grouchy and useless. It hits me when I have a hard time putting together a coherent sentence and wonder why: oh yeah...I haven't slept a good night's sleep in a few months!
I have somehow adjusted as well- most days i can feel functional-enough on a 2 hr "nap' couple times a night- and lying down once during the day. LO's been increasingly fussy at night lately and i dont know im gtting any sleep- and that is killing me. That's the kind of sleep deprivation that leaves me feeling kind of hopeless - and scared that I cant keep up.
As bad as this is....Diet Mt. Dew and Energy Crystal light. If I somehow miraculously manage to get both girls down at the same time I sleep with them, but that's only happened about 3 times over the last 7 weeks. Somehow I just deal. It's really rough when DD1 gets up in the middle of the night too, which has happened the past 3 nights in a row. I might as well set my alarm clock to 330 b/c I havent managed to get to sleep after that time due to one child or another.