If someone asked me the one thing that would make my life infinitely better, I would likely say a million dollars. Of course, the ability to get more sleep would come in as a very close second. I don't know one parent who doesn't feel sleep deprived. Whether they are up all night with a newborn, have the alarm set for the crack of dawn to catch the school bus, or are awake worrying whether their 19-year-old will make it safely back to their dorm room, all parents lose sleep. You may have wondered how losing sleep affects your parenting.
I know that when I don't get enough sleep, it negatively impacts my entire day. I am cranky toward my kids, curt with my husband, short on patience with my dogs — and all before 6 a.m. I curse the school board under my breath for the kids' 7 a.m. start time, while I accidentally switch my kids' lunches and forget, yet again, to sign the permission slip for a field trip that could be tomorrow, next week, or last month. Sleep is essential in my life, but nearly impossible to attain. I am a parent, after all.
Here are the ways losing sleep may affect your parenting.