How to Get Adequate Recovery as a Sleep Deprived Mom
The following are some of the most common symptoms experienced by new mothers:
1) You feel tired all the time.
You don’t want to do anything or go anywhere. Your energy level is low and your mind feels foggy. You often have trouble concentrating on what you’re doing.
2) You get irritable easily.
You become upset easily. You may even cry.
3) Your mood swings from happy to sad to angry quickly.
When you smile, it’s usually only for a second before you start crying again. Sometimes you just can’t seem to stop yourself from crying over minor things such as being annoyed at someone or getting mad at something in general.
4) You lose interest in everything around you.
You don’t enjoy any activities anymore. For example, if you were interested in watching TV when you had your last baby, now that person doesn’t even bother coming into the room because they think it’s boring. They no longer care about going through the motions of watching TV with their child either.
5) Your concentration becomes very poor and you forget things quickly.
You can no longer multi-task efficiently. For example, if you’re supposed to cleaning the house while cooking dinner, chances are you’re going to burn something while you forget about it. You also probably won’t hear your child crying for you either because your mind is focused on so many other things.
6) You often feel sick to your stomach.
Sometimes food doesn’t agree with you anymore and you feel nauseous quite frequently. You may even get sick to your stomach several times a week.
7) You don’t have much of an appetite anymore.
You can go entire days without eating much of anything. When you do eat, you only eat the slightest amount that’s enough to sustain your life. Your stomach has shrunk so much that you feel full quite quickly.
8) You feel tired after eating.
Even if you’ve eaten very little, you still feel tired and want to take a nap.
9) You feel a lot of pain in your body.
You get headaches and backaches on a regular basis. Your legs hurt so much that you can hardly walk sometimes. Your joints also make it very difficult to do day to day activities such as cleaning your home or taking care of your children. Sometimes even the simplest things make you feel like you’re an old woman ready for the grave.
10) You have trouble sleeping at night. You either toss and turn for hours or you can’t sleep at all. Sometimes you wake up several times in the middle of the night and have a hard time going back to sleep.
11) You have dark circles under your eyes most of the time. Sometimes you feel so exhausted that it looks like you’ve been beaten within an inch of your life, and in some ways you actually have because you’re experiencing a lot of physical pain on a regular basis.
12) You feel like crying quite often. You feel hopeless, helpless and alone. You feel like your life is never going to get any better and it’s not worth living anymore. You may even start thinking of ways you can kill yourself.
These are just some of the symptoms of postpartum depression. This doesn’t even include the physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and stomachaches which can also be very severe.
If you show five or more of the symptoms listed above, then you most likely have postpartum depression. If you show two or three of the symptoms then you could very well have postpartum depression. The problem is, many women think they’re just having a difficult time after having a baby and this is normal so they don’t seek treatment.
If you do have postpartum depression and don’t get treatment for it, you could fall into a deep dark pit that you might not be able to get out of. Many women have committed suicide because they couldn’t take the emotional pain anymore. Some women also use alcohol and drugs in an attempt to numb themselves to the pain. This only makes the problems worse and can lead to death as well, either through overdose or liver failure.
Fortunately, postpartum depression is a very treatable condition and many women have completely recovered from it. If you think you’re suffering from postpartum depression then you need to seek treatment immediately. The first step would be to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and let him know of your concerns. He or she will probably refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist who can prescribe anti-depressants that will start treating the problem right away.
Most women begin to feel better within a few days of starting the medication. At first the medication may make you feel worse, but this will pass as your brain begins to heal itself and get back to its normal chemical balance.
In addition to medication therapy, there are other things that you can do on your own to help relieve the symptoms of postpartum depression. First of all, exercise helps many women with postpartum depression. It releases endorphins and other mood enhancing chemicals into the brain which helps with temporary relief from the symptoms. Doing things you enjoy will also help you to feel better and more in control of your surroundings, which can be a great benefit when suffering from postpartum depression.
Returning to work is something that many women find to be a positive factor in regaining their sense of self as well as their self esteem. Just the fact that you’re doing something that you’re used to doing and feels familiar can make you feel better. It’s also good to be around other people again, which brings me to my next point.
Having supportive people in your life can make a tremendous difference in how you’re able to cope with postpartum depression. It’s very important to have a strong support system behind you. This can include family members and friends, but you also need to make sure that your support system includes people that you can talk to about how you’re feeling. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
Many women experience feelings of shame and embarrassment because they think there’s something seriously wrong with them. This is far from the truth though and happens to many women who are new mothers. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or a bad mother. It just means you need some help right now.
In most cases, postpartum depression is temporary. The important thing is to seek treatment as soon as possible so that it doesn’t get worse and become something larger than it needs to be. As long as you take the necessary steps to feel better, you will be successful in overcoming this condition and will live a long and happy life with your wonderful family.
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Whether you suffer from postpartum depression or know someone who does, I wrote an article that you may find helpful. I wrote it for mothers, but I think there’s something in it that everyone can learn from.
The article is about a very personal experience that I faced with postpartum and the things I learned from it. As I describe in the article, “we all have the capacity to hurt those around us, but we also have the capacity to heal.”
I hope you learned something from the article and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them here.
Thank you for reading.
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Can children with autism recover? If so, how? by M Helt, E Kelley, M Kinsbourne, J Pandey… – Neuropsychology …, 2008 – Springer