9 Signs That You're Definitely a Sleep Deprived Mama

Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button three times before dragging yourself out of bed, yawning frequently throughout the day, and failing to hear your crying baby during the night because you’re in such a deep sleep? You might be a sleep deprived mama.

There are some tell-tale signs that you need to catch more zzzs, and here are a few of them:

You Wake up Every Day Wondering What Day It Is

You roll over, look at your clock and wonder why the alarm hasn’t gone off. Is today Saturday? No, because yesterday was Wednesday. Wait, no… it wasn’t. Today is Saturday. You wake up, wash your face, pick up your cell phone, and next to the date and time, it reads “Tuesday.” Really? Well crap, I better get moving! Pour yourself a strong cup of coffee mama, because it’s going to be a long day! A long Tuesday. Wait... it is Tuesday, right?

You Can Fall Asleep Anytime, Anywhere

While eating, watching television, working at your desk, or watching your child at softball practice – it doesn’t matter where you are – you can close your eyes and go out like a light. In fact, you can sleep in broad daylight. Or under fluorescent lights. Heck, you could be orbiting the sun and fall asleep because you’re that tired.

You Walk Into a Room and Can't Remember Why

As you make your way to the kitchen, you stop in the middle of your trek. Why am I going to the kitchen again? You stand there for a good 30 seconds, trying to remember your reason for heading that way, and for the life of you, you have no idea. But while you’re headed that way, you might as well pour a cup of coffee. Better yet, maybe an oversized mug of Joe with some Bailey’s in it. No, an oversized mug of Bailey’s with some Joe in it. Yes, that should do it! If only I knew why I came into the kitchen in the first place…

You Trip over Your Own Two Feet 

It doesn’t have to be 3a.m.– you still have the grace of a baboon. And you’ve got the bruises to prove it. Yesterday, you ran into the coffee table. This morning, you bumped into the wall. The last time you remember being this clumsy was back in college, during those wild times of late night drinking. Now, you’re as sober as a stick and you can’t even walk straight. Here’s to hoping you don’t get pulled over and asked to recite the alphabet to a cop. You’d be A, B, screwed!

You Are Slow to Answer Questions

Uhhh...yes. I think. What was the question again? Sound familiar? Take your time answering that. We know it takes a minute for information to register these days. Your brain is like a ball of molasses, slowly piecing things together when you’re asked a question. It isn’t that you don’t know the answer. It’s that you need a few minutes to review it in your restless mind before giving it.

You Burst into Tears over Nothing

Ok, maybe it’s not nothing, but it’s little things. Sappy commercials, sad songs, remembering you have tons of laundry to do. Things that don’t normally affect you or your mood send you into a world where your tear ducts are like waterfalls. Good thing you’re too tired to put on any makeup. Smudged face powder and mascara marks are so not attractive.

You Forget Lots of Stuff

Where did you put the keys? What time is baseball practice? Which maintenance company were you supposed to call today? Things you ordinarily have engrained into your memory are starting to dissipate. You feel like you’re going crazy but really, you just need some shut eye.

You Put on Socks that Don't Match

How the heck did you end up with one black sock and one gray sock? You got dressed in the morning when the sun was up, and you didn’t fumble through your drawer to find a pair of socks but somehow, each foot is wearing a different color. And you didn’t notice until you went to take the socks off. Guess you’d better remove “great attention to detail” from your resume if you want that promotion.

You Move around Slowly

Those old ladies who glide down the aisles of the grocery store on senior Wednesday? Yeah, they move faster than you do these days. They’ve already stocked up on bread, pasta, and soup, and you’re still making your way down the cracker aisle. It’s understandable though, when you have the energy of a cracker. By the way, did you stock up on Wheat Thins?

It’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep when you’re a mom. But if you recognize that you need to rest more, take advantage of every opportunity to rest, and eventually you’ll start to become your normal self again. Well, as normal as you can be when you’re a mom.

What are some crazy things you do when you’re sleep deprived? Share your silly stories with us!

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