What new parents and single parents have in common (or) I was crazy but it wasn’t my fault

What new parents and single parents have in common (or) I was crazy but it wasn’t my fault

New parents get an average of 5.1 hours per sleep the first year, losing about the equivalent of  44 days of sleep. According to some very half-assed Internet research I just did, the average adult sleeps the equivalent of 121.6 days (meaning 24-hour periods) per year. So new parents get about 77.6 day-units of sleep.


I’ve averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night for the first three years of single parenthood. Between work, trying to get work, kids who got up too early, boyfriends who stayed up too late and, oh yeah, worry, sleep really took a beating.

I look back on the days of new motherhood and remember the bone-crushing exhaustion, the things that felt like a big deal but probably weren’t, the way everyday tasks seemed so darn hard. I remember being irrational and overly-emotional and weirdly obsessive — and not knowing I was acting that way until I got a few nights of decent sleep under my belt and saw how much more manageable my life suddenly seemed.

I used to say “Now I know why sleep deprivation is considered a form a torture.”

And now, it seems, I’ve spent the last three years doing this myself?

I’ve recently started forcing myself to sleep at least six hours a night.

Dear Self:

Sorry about that. I’ll try to be nicer to you. I didn’t realize what I was doing.

Dear Everyone Else:

Sorry for all that weird shit I said and did that I probably don’t even remember. I’m sure it was all caused by sleep deprivation. 😉


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  1. Angel The Alien on September 25, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I nominated you for an award. I don’t know if you like that kind of thing. If you don’t want to participate, no worries… you don’t have to tell me or apologize or anything like that… it is just for fun! But if you want to play along, you can pick up the award here: http://diaryofanalien1.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-first-award.html

    • Trish on September 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

      So cool, Angel! Thanks! I’m honored! I’ll do all my official awardy-type stuff in the next few days.

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