I love it when people tell you to sleep while baby sleeps. If you have a newborn you know how ridiculous this is. If you do sleep when the baby sleeps, then nothing gets done: dishes pile up, clothes take over and you never get to shower, brush your teeth or use the bathroom.
If you have a newborn and you think that sleep gets better when the child gets older, think again! I hate to disappoint you but once you have children, at least for the first four to six years, you aren’t going to sleep. If you work from home, you may as well pack in the pillow right now.
According to this article studies show that sleeping too long can actually be detrimental to your health, so raise your coffee mug to that! If you get in more than eight hours of zzs you aren’t going to live as long as that person that hits 7. But if you get less than 6.5 a night, well, sadly, your life span drops, too.
For now I aim for 7 hours a night. Doesn’t always happen, but that’s always my goal. I try to sleep in on Sunday since I get up early every other morning of the week. For some reason the girls sense this and are always up at 6:30. Then they sleep in on Monday (go figure!)
Listen to your body. It will tell you how much sleep it needs. If you are lying in bed for hours and not sleeping, the article suggests getting up and doing something else and then getting back into bed when you are tired. Chances are you don’t need eight hours of sleep and your body isn’t tired.
On the other hand, if you are falling asleep while changing diapers or attending your child’s soccer game, you need to curl up under those covers a little bit longer.