Monday, May 12, 2014

Sleep Deprivation

Exhausted daddy
It's no wonder some countries use the torture method of sleep deprivation to wrestle information out of their captives.

Lack of sleep does weird things to a person.

Blurry vision.
Stomach ailments.
Lack of judgment.
A strange buzzing sensation.
Bone wearying exhaustion.

And yet there's a baby who still needs you.
A baby who doesn't want to sleep.
At all.

If you are a parent, you will probably remember the exhaustion of those first weeks with a newborn.

Perhaps those memories were the inspiration for the author Adam Mansbach when he wrote the book Go the F*@k To Sleep.  Although I'm not a fan of the F word, when I saw this book recently in a book review, I had to chuckle.  This is a hilarious book for new parents, who would probably actually NOT want to read it to their child.

The new parents have asked me how to deal with this sleeplessness.

I told them to take one hour at a time.  Then, take one day at a time.  Things will get into a schedule, eventually.


Ah, the life of new parents.