The Funny Side of Sleep Deprivation


Time for some real talk moms! Sleep deprivation is no joke! It is the parenting issue (side effect?) that I was most unprepared for, and it has significantly impacted my life in a negative way.

Sleep Deprivation is Brutal!

I was not blessed with good sleepers, and I am not exaggerating when I say I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in three years. Yes, three YEARS. Sleep deprivation has affected my weight, my moods, my organizational skills, my vocabulary (seriously, words escape me often!), my anxiety and depression, my marriage …

The solution to sleep deprivation is to start getting more sleep consistently, and my kids just aren’t there yet. We have many more teething pains and growing pains ahead of us, a little boy still adjusting to his big boy bed, the recent loss (forever this time) of a pacifier, daylight savings adjustments … it’s endless.

How can I cope with sleep deprivation in the mean time? Well, they do say laughter is the best medicine! 🙂

the funny side of sleep deprivation

Let’s Laugh About it!

Here are a few of the most ridiculous things sleep deprivation has caused me (or my husband) to do!

I was at the gym last week, for a workout and a little alone time. My husband was home with the boys on his day off. I planned to go run a few kid free errands after my workout. A few reps in and I get a text from my husband: “You left your wallet at home.” Ugh. That’s annoying. Then the second text: “You left your wallet in the fridge.” What the?

My husband once unloaded the entire (full) dishwasher before I noticed that all of the dishes were DIRTY. Like, filthy dirty because we were too sleep deprived to rinse any of them. What did we do? Let the freaking dirty dishes stay in the cabinets because we were too tired to deal! Our first son was a newborn and the struggle was real!

Many, many unzipped flys. A few backwards or inside out shirts. And when I was pumping at work in a cold room during the winter, I’d keep my scarf on, but just turn it around backwards. I’d forget and leave the pumping room proudly wearing the backwards scarf. I think my co-workers thought I was trying to start a new trend.

I repeatedly get in the shower with my glasses on, and try to get out of the car with my seat belt still fastened.

So much butter. At least six times in a row I have bought butter at the grocery store. Two out of those six times we actually needed butter. My sleep deprived brain really believes we need butter. Different kinds too – sticks, tubs, some salted, some unsalted, different brands. We have run out of places to put it all. “Do you need anything from the store today honey?” is now met with “Please don’t buy any more butter.”

I’m Not Alone!

I’m not the only mom suffering through sleep deprivation! A few of my sleep deprived friends shared their stories:

Jessica at About a Boy tried to take a shower with her socks on. Her husband has started filling the coffee filter with formula powder but stopped himself just in time. Jessica says “I’ve also totally lost count of formula scoops and had to dump out the bottle because I didn’t know if I’d put in too much.”

Julie from Fab Working Mom Life has sock issues too. She told me “I’ve bathed the baby in socks at one point. Didn’t realize until I got him in the tub. I’ve also on multiple occasions reached for the fridge instead of the pantry, and sometimes the soap instead of toothpaste…” Don’t brush your teeth with soap Julie – yuck! 😉

Hannah of Eat, Drink and Save Money‘s husband has a bad habit when sleep deprived – putting ice cream away in the fridge! She says “You have no idea how much this annoys me!”

Katie of Love My Messy Messy Mess had sleep deprived hubby issues to report too! Her husband sleep walks and sleep talks when he is stressed or low on sleep – and of course adding a baby to the family increases stress! She says “He once woke me up screaming that someone was in the room, thank goodness there really wasn’t, but I almost murdered him!” I don’t blame her one bit! 😉

Amber of Watch This Mom shared this story with me:

“This is me not caring what happened in the morning because I wanted to sleep. I was still asleep but could hear little feet coming to put an end to it.
Blake: Mom?
I hoped if I ignored him he’d go away. No such luck.
Blake: Mom! Aaron spilled pretzels on the floor.
So not worth waking me up for. I tell him to leave it and I’ll clean it up later. Almost back to sleep, I hear another little munchkin coming to make sure that didn’t happen.
Aaron: Mom, can you put my diaper back on me?
Me: No, it’s time for undies. Go get some.
With that he took his open, wet diaper and plopped it on my pillow, right in front of my face. I closed it up and threw it in the direction he was running out the door but I wasn’t fast enough to bop him. Little punk.”

Amber has so many funny parenting stories to tell that she wrote a book. Her story here is actually an excerpt from Memoirs of Mayhem, which is available on Amazon.  Check it out, she is one funny lady! 🙂

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  1. I’m not a parent, so I cannot even imagine how this level of sleep deprivation goes. However, I do know that when I’m asleep, I get grumpy and can literally fall asleep anywhere at any time.
    I avoid driving on such days…

  2. Love this. Yes we all do silly things when our brains are not operating properly. At least we can laugh about it.
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  3. Omg! These are so funny! Especially the wallet in the fridge. I wish I had funny sleep deprivation stories. All of mine involve me forgetting words, and what I did an hour ago.
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  4. We were lucky with our kids, we never had to experience sleep deprivation with them! — Great read, and great to connect with you Erin!

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  5. Oh my gosh, so funny! And not the ice cream!!!
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  6. oh no! i can’t even imagine! I’m not a mom yet but I’m sure I’ll be feeling the same way when I am. I am always tired!

  7. I can definitely relate! My first baby was a trick, he slept so great that we thought “let’s have another!” when he was only 6 months old…I love my second baby but oh my goodness. She still doesn’t sleep and she’s nearly 13 months. Definitely have to laugh it off 🙂

  8. I remember those days. I once put the milk in the cabinet and the cereal in the fridge.

  9. I remember those days of early parenthood. I used to find weird things all over the house – milk in the cabinet, tissue boxes in the fridge. The weird things you do when you’re up at 1, 2 and again at 3 am!
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  10. My children are grown so I can honestly say, there is an end in sight. Hang in there, it get’s better….well at least your sleep pattern will get better.
    I think I can understand how annoying it would be for someone to put the ice cream in the fridge instead of the freezer! So funny. 🙂
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  11. I remember the days! I am hoping for a grand baby soon – the nice thing about that is I can send him/her back to her mama when it comes bed time. This post made me smile and brings back some crazy memories.
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    • Glad I could bring back some memories Cynthia! 🙂 You are going to love your grandbabies so much when the time comes! 🙂

  12. This is seriously too cute. I’m still sleep deprived too. My youngest was up at 3:40 this morning. So. Tired.
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  13. I swear that my youngest is going to be 15 years old before he starts sleeping through the night!
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  14. Haha! Great stories. Fortunately, I am sleep deprived enough that it usually doesn’t faze me, but when it does I am a bear! I’m with you on losing my vocabulary. I think that’s my most obvious symptom.
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  15. Hoping you get some sleep soon. Enjoyed the stories. I remember being this tired with newborns.

  16. I like the idea of laughing at being sleep deprived. I never laughed at it because it was horrible. Perhaps having a better idea makes it more bearable!

  17. Oh my goodness this is so funny! One time I was so sleep deprived (and pregnant) that I went to work with two different shoes on! haha

  18. Oh yes, I vaguely remember those days. The good news is that it does get better. Now, though, I get enough sleep but I’m still exhausted.
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    • You’re right Crystal, I’m probably going to get a little more sleep, but still be tired! I guess that’s being a parent! 🙂

  19. This is so funny, had me laughing out loud. I guess I was lucky, when my daughter was young I was tired but nothing like these stories.
    I hope it gets better for you soon.

  20. All I can say is I’m glad I’m not in this phase anymore. Sleep will come to you too!
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  21. LOL! Yes, I’m laughing but, I gotta tell you, I’m not getting much more. And my kids are 16 and 23, it never stops over here. I looked for my socks one day for at least 20 minutes till I realized they were already on my feet. And I brushed my teeth with facewash. That was the absolute worst! So, I guess I’m lucky I don’t work a full time job, if you do, I give you kudos, I don’t know how you do it!

    • I’m not working full time right now Nikki, but I did for a full year after my first was born and it was brutal! I fell asleep sitting up at my desk once! I’m sure my boys will never stop keeping me up at night!

  22. I hate to break it to you but some of these things still happen even after the full night sleep returns. My kids are 21,19 and 17 and I still try to get out of the car with my seatbelt on and find odd things in the fridge!

  23. I am so glad I had sleepers. I am also glad to be a nanna of kids that love to sleep. Love your post. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon
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  24. I love this! Sleep deprivation runs rampant while parenting young kids. I was lucky enough to have good sleepers, but I have heard plenty of stories to make me thankful for it!
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  25. I Feel this way now. We have been spring cleaning and busy with a huge work project. We spend lots of time laughing.

  26. I slept in my car in the driveway when my first baby was just a week or so old; and when my husband knocked on the window to check on me… I wasn’t very nice. He slowly backed away from the car and went back in the house. That was one of my best naps of all times.
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  27. Ahahahaha soooo funny…. and omg, you poor thing. Sending wishes for sleepy munchkins your way!!
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  28. OMG! These stories are hilarious… and all so true! I definitely remember my husband waking up and immediately jumping out of bed because he thought someone was crying. Nope. Everyone was still asleep! #parentlife Thanks for sharing at That Friday Blog Hop 🙂
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  29. This was so funny because I am a complete idiot when I’m sleep deprived! I really enjoyed reading these!
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  30. I can’t begin to imagine what this is like. I’m not very good on no sleep (you should see me after a late night out). I hope I improve over the years!

    Sally @ Life Loving
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  31. Those days are over for me because my youngest is 17. However I have sleep deprivation due to blogging! There aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of all that blogging entails. We have to make the projects during the day when there is light outside in order to photograph properly. Then in the evening we can edit and write the post and then translate it into another language… when will it get easier? And let’s not forget the social media! I love being sleep deprived!!.
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