Napping and Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

I think I need a nap!On an annual girls’ vacation to the desert this weekend, I spent much-needed alone time with my three closest girlfriends.  Two of these lovely ladies had infants at home and mentioned many times how sleep deprived they felt.  I remember that body-aching exhaustion when my kids were little, yet they were living and breathing it.  They would have paid a million dollars just to get a few nights of uninterrupted sleep!

While this weekend used to be filled with lavish dinners and clubbing, this weekend we all couldn’t wait to just lounge at the pool, watch cheesy movies (aka, The Notebook!), and sleep through the night. 

The weekend was relaxing, rejuvenating, and full of hilarity.  My stomach hurt the whole way home after 48 hours of laughing!  Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder how my friends could find time to combat this daily sleep deprivation without something special like a girls’ weekend. 

 

Could napping really help?

 

I decided to consult one of my favorite blogs, Secrets of Baby Bahavior, and guess what?  They had a few articles on this specific topic.

So, here ya go!  Hopefully these articles will help all of you sleep deprived mamas and papas out there!

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Napping: Part One

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Napping: Part Two

 

When do you find time to nap?

Do you think it helps with your postpartum sleep deprivation?