When I got my Fitbit for Christmas, I knew that I would be using it primarily for tracking my sleep until I could start exercising. I’m now tracking my steps, but after the baby was born, I periodically checked my sleep habits. And here’s the thing. The baby? She has been a great sleeper since about day 3. In the hospital and ever since we got home, I had to set an alarm and wake her to eat. Since around 7 weeks, she’s been sleeping consistently through the night.
I’m averaging 6 hours or less sleep a night. It’s beyond ridiculous. There are days at work (usually towards the end of a week) that I’m not quite sure how I’m functioning.
My husband is away for a few days, and that tends to find me getting even less sleep, but last night I finally hit that sleep deprivation wall. It appears both children hit that wall too – we all slept until 7:15 this morning. 7:15! (I know for many that this is super early. Trust me. I get it.) When I checked my Fitbit, it showed I slept 7 hours, 52 minutes last night. Just 8 minutes shy of my 8 hour goal!
The three of us went to the gym (only one of us worked out), followed by a fairly lengthy playdate with one of my son’s classmates. There was quiet time this afternoon (since naptime is going away for one of us…) and we survived a quick trip to Target. I even allowed my son to play games on the iPad this evening and it didn’t end in a meltdown. Laundry was washed (and dried), dishes are caught up for the first time in a week and the house doesn’t look like a tornado just touched down.
This, my friends, is what the correct amount of sleep does for a person…or a mom. I’m excited to see if we can accomplish the same thing tonight and maybe even hit my 8-hour target.
Sleep. It’s a wonderful thing.