“When was the last time I slept 8 hours straight?” I keep asking myself.
And I can’t even remember! Maybe before I got married..
When I was at mom’s place, all of us strictly followed the idiom,” Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” So after an early dinner, everyone would sleep by 10 and would be awake by 6 in the morning!
But after marriage, no one would sleep by even 12am. Dinners were late, followed by family time. I found it very difficult initially to adjust to the different times. I felt ‘jet lagged’ even without travelling. But still I would manage to sleep for 5-6 hours.
All this was very difficult for a sleep lover like me. I could not sacrifice my sleep for any damn thing. 8 hours were compulsory. Even during exams, I needed atleast 7 hours of sleep; whether I finished revising or no din’t matter. And if there was some interruption to the routine, I would be dozing during lectures! Even on the first bench I would sleep! ‘Sleeping beauty’ was my pet name in college!
But, after my son was born, it was a reality check! Sleep was a luxury for a new mom like me with a baby who was also new in the world. And add to it the feeding, diaper changing, bathing, and the hormonal woes. It was like I would be longing for those 2 hours when he would sleep after feeds. But that was in no way satisfying. Then as time passed, those day time naps reduced and even when he slept in the day, I had hundreds of chores to attend to! Then, during the night, gradually four hours became six. He would sleep for 6 hours at a stretch and I would too! Finally, I was getting six hours of sleep, but considering the amount of work that I was doing in the remaining 18 hours; it was not at all satisfying.
As my body had started adjusting to the 6 hour sleeping schedule, I was blessed with another boy! And I was back to square one. But this time, it was comparatively easy as I knew what to expect. I was better prepared.
So, now until the younger one becomes old again, sleep is going to be a luxury!
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Author’s note: This post first appeared on mycity4kids parenting platform.