I need about 9 hours of sleep to actually feel rested. I haven’t had that since my son was born. When he was first born I basically didn’t sleep and my lack of sleep got worse and worse.
I couldn’t catch up and a month or two in I started getting depression symptoms. I was a zombie, nothing made me happy. Not even the newly learned smiles from my baby boy. It was terrible I felt awful and guilty. My husband even gave me some time to myself but nothing but sleep would fix it.
I reached out to my doctor and they basically told me to get sleep and if it was still around in a week or two to call back. That was the most disappointing. I got the nerve to ask for help to feel better and they just told me to get more sleep and I wasn’t that bad.
Luckily for me my husband forced me to nap and Roland started sleeping longer stretches.
It happens still if I go about 3 days without a good chunk of sleep. I start feeling down and in a fog. I have learned how to cope better now by taking more naps. I also reduced my hours at work so I have an extra day for my sanity and sleep.
So this is a little reminder if you need to hear it. Check in with yourself and take a little you time today. I am sure you need it!