Earlier this week, a blogging friend (Kendall) who writes On An Inhale posed a simple question on Facebook:
On An Inhale is not a baby blog. It's a yoga, health, nutrition blog. But, again, lack of sleep sucks and it sucks not just for parents, but for everyone. And by "sucks" I mean that it has a serious impact on a person's health and well-being. Hence, On An Inhale took on the topic.
The question itself (above) wasn't mind blowing, just a general topic that seemingly all sorts of people could weigh in on. The discussion that ensued was far more controversial. Poor Kendall was pounced on by comment after comment that she clearly didn't have children because lack of sleep was not a choice for parents. No amount of planning could assist a parent in gaining more sleep. Essentially, nine hours of steady snoozing was a forgotten fairy tale once baby arrived.
I get that newborns don't sleep much...at all...and when they do it's in small chunks that adult bodies don't find satisfying in the least. I get that parents of a 3-month-old are literally running on adrenaline, sweat and as much caffeine as they can stomach. But, am I wrong to think that at some point the tables adjust (though they may not completely turn). At some point, a parent can get seven hours sleep at night without it being a miracle, right? Maybe nine hours of straight zzzzs will be reserved for weekends when the kids are at their grandparents, but does sleep deprivation last from a child's birth until college graduation?
Someone, please, answer me. And if you don't have anything nice (and reassuring) to say on this topic, then please don't answer me.
PS - If you want to check out On An Inhale
click HERE for the website
and HERE for the Facebook page.