Sleep & Illness
I’ve written pretty extensively about my struggles with sleep and illness since becoming a mother. Sleep problems seem to be pretty normal for new mom’s (and dad’s). But what’s been frustrating for us is that Little MPB has been a very good sleeper since basically day 1 (unless something is wrong like he’s teething or sick. In fact, last night Little MPB slept 10.5 hours without waking up, the night before was 11.5 hours. Truly, we are fortunate.
But, while living in hotels in the USA with a newborn we quickly learned that I don’t sleep through any of his sounds. Every single sound made me think he was choking and dying. This problem persisted when we got home. In fact, Mr. MPB and Little MPB often shared a room (not in bed, we were never co-sleepers it just wasn’t for us) because I just simply would not sleep if I could hear Baby MPB. At about 3 months we transferred Little MPB to his crib in part because Mr. MPB and I wanted to sleep together again and we really wanted me to try to sleep better again. Well, it made no difference for me. Somehow I have super sonic hearing, and I still hear every sound. And somewhere in all of this I started just waking up after I’d get up with Little MPB – and I’ll be up for hours during the night. Which means I was living off 4-6 hours of sleep on good nights, even though the rest of the house was sound asleep.
All the while Mr. MPB can sleep through nearly all of Little MPB’s sounds (including crying). And, Mr. MPB can also go right back to sleep after being up with Little MPB (I’m beyond jealous of this skill).
So, after writing about deciding to get sleeping pills, I instead decided the reality is I do fall asleep very easily at 10pm. The problem is purely that I just need to stay asleep through the night, so I’m not sure how sleeping pills would really help at 4am as I’d probably just end up sleeping through the day. So, the decision became that I am no longer going to get up with Little MPB as often (Mr. MPB is). And, a few nights a week I am now sleeping in the basement so that I can sleep through the night without hearing Little MPB at all.
This means Mr. MPB is doing more at night. But, I will point out that Little MPB is sleeping really well right now – he’s healthy and he has no teeth coming through.
Since I finally said I just cannot function without more sleep, and I’ve taken the steps to get more sleep, all of the sudden I’ve been relatively healthy for almost a month!!
Funny how sleep is directly correlated to our overall health.
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