One of the keys to being productive and getting things done during your day is to be well rested. So that makes us moms kind of screwed right? When are we ever well rested? I don´t know about you but I don´t remember the last night I had a full 8hour uninterrupted stretch of sleep.
Especially during the first months, it´s completely normal to be in a constant state of sleep deprivation and consequently to have black circles under your eyes until your ankles. Which is all fine, I mean you´re probably on leave in the beginning anyway and you can catch-up on some sleep when your baby naps (if that ever happens…). But, it all gets much more interesting when you have to go back to work.
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Getting something done during the day when you only had 1,5h stretches of sleep during the last night and spend half of the night breastfeeding is not easy! In addition to actually producing something, being sleep deprived usually also makes it a bit more difficult to keep your cool in discussions or during problems you encounter. “Hormones” might have been your excuse when you were pregnant but if you come back after 4 months of maternity leave I am not sure it is still going to cut it. Nobody is really waiting for some hysterical momma that bursts out into tears when something goes wrong.
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Getting as much sleep as you can
So when I got back to work I tried to get as much sleep as I could, although usually that felt like a mission impossible. The bichin was not a great sleeper and since I wanted to continue breastfeeding I ended up with at least 3 feedings during the night. So my natural state was kind of being an exhausted wreck.
However, what worked really well for me was co-sleeping. Since you don´t have to get up and walk to another room every time the little one wakes up, you probably fall back asleep much quicker. In addition, I got more hours of sleep because if the bichin needed (or wanted) a feeding I just latched him laying next to him and I would usually fall back asleep within a few minutes while he was sipping a bit. Also, since I think the bichin slept more hours straight when he was sleeping with us. I don´t know if it´s an “I feel safe here” thingy or just not being alone if he woke up, fact is that he woke up less when he slept with us.
Co-sleeping made more productive at work
Now I won´t say that I was well rested those first months that I went back to work (honestly, after a year I still haven´t felt well rested yet) but I do think that I was as well rested as was possible in this new mom gig situation I was in. So for me, co-sleeping was the perfect way to be a bit more rested and therefore achieve more at work than I probably would have otherwise.
Did co-sleeping help you in being more rested?