Calling all parents!
While having kids might cause you to lose sleep, especially if you are new to the parenting world, sleep is the last thing you should be pushing off. As a parent, you need to always be on top of your game. After all, another person's life is literally in your hands when you are a parent of a young child.
Parents should never push off sleep -- well, if they can help it, that is -- and we are about to unleash a few reasons why. If you have a baby at home, then your sleep schedule is likely about to take a serious hit, but you need to find time to make up this sleep.
Why Parents Should Never Push Off Sleep
- Because You Will Continue To Push It Off
- Because You Can't Let Your Work Life Take A Hit
- Sleep Deprivation Could Be Considered The Same Thing As Being Intoxicated
Because You Will Continue To Push It Off
Just like with creating a bad habit, if you push sleep off once, you might end up pushing it off over and over again. Okay, so that isn't exactly how it works (because when the body is extremely tired, you simply won't have any fuel left in the tank, and you will fall asleep), if you don't take advantage of opportune sleeping moments, you might always be tired.
This could affect the way you work, the way you treat people and the way you approach life in general. After all, you won't be as alert if you are tired, and you might not be motivated to do simple tasks.
When you have a baby, you need to take advantage of every moment you get when it comes to the sleeping department, even if it is a 10-minute nap here and there. You never know when you are going to get 10 minutes of peace and quiet when you are a parent. Take advantage of these little breaks by getting in a quick nap.
Because You Can't Let Your Work Life Take A Hit
The life of a parent is very busy. Not only do you have to look after a child, but you also have to keep up your performance at work. As a result, you can't afford to be sluggish throughout the day as a result of not getting sleep the night before.
Your child is the most important part of your life, and you probably want to cherish every single moment with him/her as well as doing a good job at parenting. Of course, you have to balance this with being a good employee at work. You want to always be on top of your game at work, and that isn't possible if you are theoretically a walking zombie as a result of being so tired.
Basically, you have two jobs, and they are, of course, very important. Don't let either job take a hit as a result of you not getting the right amount of sleep.
Sleep Deprivation Could Be Considered The Same Thing As Being Intoxicated
This is the No. 1 reason why you can't push off sleep as a parent. As a parent, you have to drive your kids to school, make sure they are ready to go for school every morning and the to-do list could go on and on.
You wouldn't do this intoxicated, would you? Obviously not, which means you need to sleep every opportunity you get so you aren't sleep deprived and feeling life a shell of a person every single day.
According to consumer.healthday.com, "A parent loses about 350 hours of sleep at night over her baby's first year." Needless to say, that is a large amount of sleep parents need to make up.
Being a parent takes a lot out of you, and you are likely going to lose a lot of sleep when you are caring for a baby. However, you need to make sure you are getting your sleep in when you can so you can function and be ready to take on whatever the day throws at you. Not only will this benefit you, but it will also benefit your child.