Whether or not you are a fan of Family Fortunes, I am going to hazard a guess that you have all heard of the game show, at some point marvelled at Vernon Kays Ultrabrite smile and understand the basic premise. I am therefore going to use this as a neat little introduction to a subject close to my heart. If 100 women were polled on the following question:
Name something experienced by new mothers?
I believe right up there with “joy” and “pain-of-biblical-proportions,” would be “sleep deprivation.”
Actress, Terri Dwyer went public with her experience of sleep deprivation and attested to the physical and mental fallout resulting from lack of sleep.
Sleep deprivation is a form of torture, she explains. 'I was so run-down, my hair started falling out, and I was seeing black dots in front of my eyes.'
Myleene Klass , as a new mother, said: “I am tired, tired all the time. Sometimes I feel like crying because I am so tired. People say I make it look easy, but I don’t have any of the answers, I’m still trying to figure things out.”
Supermodel Heidi Klum is an advocate of this approach, saying: “I go to sleep pretty much when the children go to sleep! My husband has to come find me in one of their four beds and remind me that I’m still a wife too!”
One of the most influential messages from the women’s movement was the concept that a woman can “have it all.” Without getting bogged down in the debate surrounding this, many of us now believe that message to be somewhat clouded by mythology. Everything comes at a price. We could all relate to Gwyneth Paltrow when she said: “Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I’m so tired…”
The point I am making here is that even Hollywood A-listers, the much revered, beautiful people; the pampered and the privileged, experience sleep deprivation too. Just because you are an actress being paid a king’s ransom for appearing in a film, does not mean that you are unwilling to invest time in your children. The maternal instinct is not a tap, which can be turned on and off.
So if your child is crying in the night, whether you are a supermodel or a secretary, the likelihood is that you will immediately rise from the lightest of sleeps and rush to their side.
US actress, Selma Blair is mother to 5-month-old Arthur. In an interview with PEOPLE she was quoted as saying: “It’s exhausting. If I could sleep more, I would be the happiest woman in the whole world. I’m not sleeping and it’s showing. But I’m so blessed….I am totally going to stop complaining.” However, Selma has devised her own solution to the problem: “I will just start to buy more makeup.”
Well, there are many other solutions out there (many of which have been tried by me at some point in time), but you have to be creative and adaptable. You may hit on a solution that results in an extra hour in bed one weekend but fails the next. Babies are changeable creatures and you have to be one step ahead.
My quest for sleep inspired a book, Diary of a Sleep Deprived Mum (no explanation required!), which is currently residing at number 1 in the Apple iBook store.
Download a free iBook to your iPhone & iPad. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/diary-of-a-sleep-deprived-mum/id486060342?mt=11
Claire Evans, author of Diary of a Sleep Deprived Mum is causing a storm with her 1st book. Already Number 1 in the UK iBooks chart, Number 2 in Australia, Number 3 in the USA.
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Diary of a Sleep Deprived Mum is written by a mum, inspired by mums and aimed at every parent suffering at the sharp end of sleep deprivation!
Deliberately non-preachy, it is a hilarious combination of information, anecdotes, advice and tips for attaining every parent's ultimate goal - getting more sleep!
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