Yawn! Working when you haven’t slept

Ok, so everyone knows that having a baby means you will be having a few sleepless nights.  And for some parents that’s all it is: a few weeks of broken sleep before your baby gets the hang of it and sleeps through.  Not too disruptive as you are on maternity leave for that time anyway.  But for many, many others the broken sleep goes on well into the second and third year.

So how are you supposed to cope with sleep deprivation when you’re back at work?  Sure, before kids you might have had the occassional drink after work that went too far, so you were tired and useless the next day, but with a baby it’s night after night after night after…  The sleep deprivation can really build up, and it can become a choice between going to bed at 8pm every night or staying up to a reasonable hour but spending the next day half asleep!

In all honesty, if we’ve had a bad night and I’ve got work in the morning, the worst bit is just getting up and trying to make myself look presentable.  It’s the days where I have to get up and deal with two tired children that are the hardest!!

So, I’m afraid to say that I don’t have any tips for dealing with the sleep deprivation at work, but if you do, please, please share them below!  Also check out The All Night Milk Bar group on Facebook, to see that you are not the only one who’s up all night!

I also recently wrote this guest post for the Close Enough to Kiss Blog.

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Filed under children, employment, self employment, sleep, work-life balance

One response to “Yawn! Working when you haven’t slept

  1. oh man, i know that feeling. i have to catch some zzz while riding on the bus to work. just to recover a little bit of the many hours of not sleeping. but having babies is all worth it, right? well that’s what i tell myself all the time. hehe.

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