Admit it. Your love life hasn’t been the same since the baby was born.
Yes part of it is because of the hormones and the added work that is associated with taking care of a new life. But most of it is because you don’t get enough sleep.
Are you feeling stressed all the time? Guess what? It’s because your cortisol levels are through the roof— the stress hormone is elevated by 37% when you don’t get a good night of sleep. So if you feel edgy or overwhelmed during the day, the chances are you haven’t had a good night’s sleep.
High stress levels also dramatically increases your appetite and reduces metabolism, ultimately resulting in weight gain.
If your cortisol levels are not managed it might also result in the early onset of Type 2 diabetes and obesity because of imbalances in your blood sugar. Darn you cortisol!
The lack of sleep also reduces your testosterone levels. Testosterone modulates arousal in both men and women. Low testosterone, means a low libido, means.. you get the point.
So although a good night’s sleep will not make your hubby look like Bradley Cooper or make him as handy as Ty Pennington, it will certainly make you feel like the best version of yourself.
If you think this article is kinda simplistic, it is purposely dumbed down for parents who are running on little to no sleep. Because you guessed it right, sleep deprivation also affects your brain function. And just to be clear, the effects are all negative.
Now let’s examine why you don’t get enough sleep.
Because you are constantly waking up at all hours of the night to attend to your screaming machine AKA lovely baby.
Your kid wakes up for mostly 2 reasons in the night.
- Needs their cloth diaper changed.
There are a host of other reasons why babies wake up at night like growth spurts, circadian rhythms, teething, etc. Or they want to teach you a lesson for taking them out of the most comfortable place in the universe- your womb. Mostly they wake up because they are hungry or need a change.
So Lil Helper Cloth Diapers has solved the keeping-your-baby-comfortable-enough-so-they-don’t-wake-up- every -hour part of the mystery.
Lil Helper’s Charcoal Diapers are completely stay-dry and will let your baby easily sleep through the night.
Both charcoal inserts used together can hold upwards of 180 ml of moisture- a lot more than what the average 20 lb. baby releases in 6 hours.
And our waterproof one-size cloth diaper cover ensure that all the mess is contained inside the diaper itself. No messes to clean up.
If your baby is well fed and is comfortable in their diaper, it will help them sleep through the night, which will let you sleep through the night.
And once you wake up with a good night’s rest you can be a better mom and a better partner to your significant other and almost everything else will take care of itself, love life and all.
Inside the head of a sleepless mom
I am a parent. But I feel like a zombie.
Is this what zombies feel like?
I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Obama became the president.
I am sure it’s Obama’s fault.
Obama has aged so much in the last 6 years. I have aged so much in the last 3 months.
Being the president of US is a tough gig. But being a mom is tougher. I bet Obama couldn’t do what I do.
NEED TO SLEEP. Everything is better after I’ve slept for 3 straight hours. Undisturbed.
My worst night of sleep before kids was 7 hours.
And I have to still pretend to love my husband. Obviously the baby is far more cuter and doesn’t demand a sandwich every evening. But that poor sucker also needs a bit of attention.
Who is the real baby?
I am sure I could figure all of this out if I just took a nap.
Oh crap. The baby is crying. Time for another change. I just changed him 1 hour ago.
Hope to goodness the baby doesn’t develop another diaper rash. That last diaper rash wrecked even the last semblance of sanity. I will forever remain indebted to the universe if we do not have another diaper rash.
But oh my gosh the love I have for this little screaming, needy, sometimes smelly, mostly moody, poop making piece of…. dust…fairy dust.