Infants sleep about 16 hours a day, while teenagers need about 9 hours on average. For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day. There is quite a bit of variation.
Sleep deprivation – even one or two nights – can vastly affect your need for sleep. Unlike many things in life, sleep time is not something that is routinely changed. You can’t get used to a lower amount of sleep just because it fits your schedule. If you try to, it will affect your judgment and reaction time, even if you are not consciously aware of it.
If you routinely fall asleep within 5 minutes of lying down, you probably have severe sleep deprivation or a sleep disorder.
That being said, I am one who needs more sleep... I definitely fall asleep within 5 mins and I get an average of 7 hours sleep a night, mind you that is broken sleep.
I think if you ask most young moms, this is the hardest thing of becoming a new mom, or new mom for a second or third time. It's not just about the 'moms' sleep, it's our babies too. How they fall asleep, not enough sleep, to much sleep, going to bed to late, waking to early, how many naps etc. Like motherhood there is no rule book, it is all what works for you and your family.
I LOVE sleep, unfortunately so does my husband, the difference is I can function on no (or less) sleep, he can't. You just do it, there are daily routines, and things that need to be done, you push through until that glorious hour when you yourself can lay down. Then to be woke up by crying babies, for a soother, for a pat on the back and a ssshhhhhhhhh. When I leave the room I find myself saying "please let me have another hour of sleep" or "please stay asleep" hardly ever happens. My days usually start between 4:30 and 5:00am.
Anyways this post is just to say Good Job moms!!! We carry on everyday, without much needed sleep, sometimes without food, showers (ha) and definitely without putting you and your needs first. We do this hoping it will effect our kids in some way, they will behave better, be smart, strong, happy, and well rounded kids.
I hope everyone has a great night sleep tonight :) (If this post doesn't make sense it is because I am tired, ha.)