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Sleep Deprived With The Baby, Now The Baby Is Older And I Still Can't Sleep

by Madelia
(Melbourne, VIC, AU)

Every parent knows the feeling of sleep deprivation for the first few months of Baby's life. My "baby" is almost 2 and has just learned to sleep on her own, so yeah, you could say I'm extremely sleep deprived. Within these first couple of years, I have been barely able to move whilst Bub and I slept together and in turn, I was also unable to sleep. My partner never helped put her to sleep once or feed her during the night. It was ALL me. Hell, he's never even bathed her!

2 years later, looking forward to nights in my own bed without having to put anyone else's comfort/sleep first, I find myself unable to sleep! I stay awake for hours on end, to the point where I witness the Suns rays through my window, which adds anxiety sleep AT ALL! This has been happening for about 2 weeks, since Baby has learned to sleep alone in her own cot and add to that the 2 whole years of getting only 2, 3 or 4 hrs sleep per night, co sleeping with Bub.

Anyway, I get out of bed, dizzy as Hell from the complete lack of sleep, but at the same time, feeling rather too normal for someone who has not slept (properly) in 2 weeks (more like 2 years). I have so much energy that I can clean the entire house and look after a screaming, demanding terrible 2's toddler without breaking a sweat or losing my cool. I know it's taking a toll on my body. Throughout the day, I'd get bouts of "sleep deprived dizziness" or headaches and my eyes would feel dry and go red. I look pale with extreme dark circles, but my eyelids? Nup, still not heavy! Still not craving sleep like the rest of me!

It's 10:41PM as I type and I just know that I'll be awake until the break of dawn again. How do I know? I'm just NOT SLEEPY! It's the same thing every single night. Instead of cherishing my lovely, comfortable bed each night, I lay in it wishing the ground would just swallow me and knock me out along the way! Hey! At least I'd sleep, lol. So, how is this possible?! I NEED to sleep, oh my goodness! Seriously thinking of seeing a Dr about this. Is my body just "used to" not sleeping anymore?

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