How many times a week do you find yourself saying you need more sleep? Autism moms are almost always tired. I know, typically, my son rarely sleeps and never sleeps on a typical schedule. In our home, we use medication (which is a variable). Other homes choose more homeopathic remedies. I tend to be at my worst when I am tired. No one wants a tired mommy. Regardless of the amount of sleep, we are generally required to push through and keep going. More often than not—once my J-bird is awake—there is no going back to sleep.
Solutions to help tired mommies can be: Coffee, exercise, yoga, good upbeat music, and asking for a night off. What helps you push through those tired days? I try to not stop moving, or I will nod off into a loud, snoring mode in about a 4 to 5 second timeframe. Even in our home, medication is required but still not a guaranteed 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family for a night of respite. We cannot do this life alone. Asking when you need help is a trait many of us need to work on. Friends often want to help, but they don’t know how to. I’m always hopeful it will be an easy night. My J-bird likes to make me look like a fool by doing exactly the opposite of what I say when others are watching. Here is to more restful nights, stronger coffee, longer jogs, or what else helps you the most.
PS. Sleep little ones. Your moms need more of it.