10 Frightening Effects of Sleep Deprivation

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“Please. Pleeeease. Please go to sleep! This is me on a nightly basis, begging my nine-week-old to close his eyes. He doesn’t ever listen to me, of course. But I plead with him anyway, at all hours of the night, in the hopes that I can get a stretch of shut-eye that extends beyond an hour at a time. As if asking him to sleep is going to be the thing that does it.

My problem isn’t only the lack of sleep. It’s that this isn’t my first rodeo, so to speak. My first son was a terrible sleeper, with colic and reflux that didn’t relent until he was nearly five months old. I hold out hope that my newborn doesn’t follow in his big brother’s footsteps in this regard. But if he does, my husband and I are screwed. Because the sleep deprivation has set in and it hurts. So. Much.

WebMD has a list of 10 side effects of sleep loss that are all too familiar to me. Let us not forget that sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture. Sadly, that’s what it feels like night after night. Pure freaking torture. Sure, a bad night here and there is manageable. But nine straight weeks without a break? (Or five months, for that matter?) You start to have an out of body experience.

Let’s look at WebMD’s list and see how it applies to us new parents, shall we?

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