In a study done by the No Shit, Sherlock Institute of Australia it was discovered that the mothers of newborn babies are shockingly sleep deprived for months after they have had a baby.
Who knew? Well, who knew except every single parent ever.
I know I was so tired after Lilo was born I started to get hallucinations one day and Sweet Babou had to drive home from work so I could crash. Lilo wasn’t a “good” sleeper until she was four, so weary-r-us was the motto of our household. God, I get tired just thinking about it. I look back and think, “How on earth did I mother all three girls when Spock was a newborn/baby?” I suspect I had a cocaine habit I never told myself about.
Do you want to know the scariest thing about the study? They found that while sleep-deprived mothers were unrested to the point of being a danger to themselves and others, those women in Australia were STILL getting more sleep than the average American worker. What does that mean for all the women in America who don’t have decent maternity leave??
I need a nap.
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